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Centre for Society & Mental Health Seminar Series | They think I’m a scrounger: Exploring unemployment, race and health


15 Jul CSMH colour logo

This seminar is the first in a bi-monthly 'Society and Mental Health' seminars series bought to you from the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, King's College London.

Speaker: Celestin Okoroji

Chaired by: Dr Charlotte Woodhead, Lecturer in Society and Mental Health 

Celestin has recently joined Black Thrive as the Programme and Partnerships Manager for their employment project and is leading on research at the intersection of employment, race and health. Celestin’s research focuses on the ways in which ideas associated with stigmatised groups become a part of stigmatised group member’s self-concept. His research is specifically looking at how unemployed people are represented, the ways in which this representation manifests in unemployed person’s self-concept and what ramifications this has for their ability to successfully attain gainful employment.

This seminar will explore how stigmatisation in unemployment effects the ability of individuals to find work and link this to a new employment project led by Black Thrive. The Black Thrive project is community led and focuses on employment outcomes for Black people with long-term conditions including mental health. The overall aim of the project is to ensure that Black people in Lambeth with long-term conditions are no less likely to be in employment than equivalent white people. We will achieve this via a systems change through a focus on lived-experience.

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