Sanchika Campbell is a PhD student within the Marginalised Communities programme at CSMH and a member of HERON and the HIRG since 2013. She is supervised by Professor Stephani Hatch and Dr Charlotte Woodhead. Sanchika is the PRiSM project lead. Within her positionality as a Christian, South Asian migrant in south-east London, her faith is an integral part of her life and identity. She has observed the importance of faith as an essential part of coping with everyday life amongst family and friends who attend Black Majority Churches. Her clinical experience and research experience from SELCoH, alongside her personal and contextual experience of living in South-East London has channelled her focus on the PRiSM project. She hopes the project catalyses understanding, respect and action around faith, coping and Black mental health. She also hopes shifts in knowledge production mean that racialised minority community members can have a direct say (and be listened to), in what matters most to them for better mental health.
Denise Richards is an independent community researcher, with 15 years of experience. She joined the PRiSM project as she feels mental health, trauma and the root causes of behaviours need to be fully understood and better recognised across healthcare services and churches. Over the past 18 months, Denise has continued to work behind the scenes and with various organisations and projects. Her vast lived experience and interactions within the community has now positioned her as an Advocate for those under the Mental Health system, within her local hospital. Not only is this a great achievement, but also acknowledges the voice of the community, to which she has always been so passionate and committed. Her devoted faith has also made an impact on being able to have conversations with church leaders around Mental Health issues within the community and even within their establishments. Denise found this the most challenging aspect, as the stigma and limited understanding/acceptance, was always dismissed.
Revd. Gail Thompson
Revd. Gail Thompson is the founder and CEO of Millennium Community Solution CIC. She is committed to serving her community, including running many community projects in Lambeth. She joined the PRiSM project as she felt the aim to move away from the extractive model of social research, and the empowering of the community approach to affect positive change by participation and lived experience, was a great opportunity. She is now studying for her PhD and will be releasing her autobiography Black Foot Forward in late 2022
Evangelist Winston C Webber is a Theologian, a Development Economist, an Accredited Preacher at South London Mission Bermondsey and a Community Worker. As an Evangelist, Winston supports people with mental health issues but does not always feel well equipped to support them. Winston’s involvement with the PRISM project is to see how churches could be enabled to assist members of their congregation with mental health issues. Winston suffered from depression and anxiety during the Rebel War in Sierra Leone and when he first arrived in the UK as a Political Refugee and Asylum Seeker in 1998. Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2011, Winston has survived it after successful robotic surgery in 2012. He is developing a Men's Awareness Programs especially for those with mental health issues after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Professor Stephani Hatch
Professor Stephani Hatch leads the Health Inequalities Research Group (HIRG) at King's College London and co-leads the Marginalised Communities programme, including the CONNECT study at the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health CSMH, KCL. Stephani has over 25 years of experience across sectors, locally and nationally, delivering interdisciplinary health inequalities research with an emphasis on race at the intersection of other social identities. She is Principal Investigator for the TIDES study and co-leads and co-leads the development of the Health and Social Equity Collective, funded by King’s College London and Impact on Urban Health. Stephani integrates collaborative approaches to knowledge production and dissemination, action and outreach in training and research through HERON, which she founded in 2010. She also leads equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives and has national and international advisory roles in health and volunteer and community sectors, including as a member of the NHS RHO Board. She is Sanchika’s primary PhD supervisor.
Dr Charlotte Woodhead
Dr Charlotte Woodhead (she/her) is a Lecturer in Society and Mental Health, within the Marginalised Communities programme at CSMH. She is a co-Principle Investigator for the HSE Collective, leads the STEP study, and also co-leads work within the CONNECT study, TIDES study and the HIRG. As a mixed methods researcher, Charlotte's interests are in understanding social/structural determinants of mental ill health; how and when people’s mental health is influenced by the social world; and where intervening might have the most positive influence. Charlotte is also interested in increasing equity of access to, mental health support for young adults, LGBTQ+, low income and racial and ethnic minority groups. She is Sanchika’s secondary PhD supervisor.
Nathan Stanley is a Research Assistant at KCL for the TIDES study, which aims to aim to understand how discrimination contributes to inequalities in health and health services. He is also a core team member of the Health and Social Equity Collective and a volunteer with Reach Society, a social enterprise that aims to inspire and encourage young people, especially Black boys to realise their potential. Nathan joined PRiSM because as a young Black person of faith, he feels there is great benefit in investigating the role faith and faith-based organisations have in coping with mental illness, given the clinical misinterpretations of what spirituality and religion means for members of the Black community. He hopes PRiSM sparks conversations within Black Majority Churches, and the wider community when it comes to mental health. He also hopes
Anna-Theresa Jieman is a PhD candidate at QMUL. Her collaborating partners are Black Thrive Lambeth and Catalyst 4 Change Birmingham, and the NIHR Applied Research collaboration, North Thames, has adopted the project. Drawing on the framework of intersectionality in general and the Strong Black woman schema, Anna’s PhD project (Black Women’s Identity and Depression study(BWID)) investigates how and why gender and race might work together to shape the experience, treatment and outcomes associated with depression among Black women. The project is guided by an advisory group of Black women with lived experiences of depression and practitioners that have worked with Black women. Anna joined PRiSM for its community engagement approach and to collaborate with like-minded researchers. She hopes the project starts partnerships between clinicians, church leaders and policymakers so religious/spiritual coping might be considered in mental health practice.
Dr Chanelle Myrie
Dr Chanelle Myrie is the lead psychologist at STEP, a service which supports people experiencing their first episode of psychosis in Southwark. She has previously led a range of psychological services, including a service facilitating access to psychological support for people from ethnically marginalised communities. Chanelle has previously worked as an Academic Tutor on a Clinical Psychology Doctoral training course, supervising theses on first episode psychosis and Black mental health. Chanelle is particularly interested in facilitating access to therapeutic interventions for those that are ethnically marginalised, and rectifying barriers to meaningful interventions. Chanelle is involved in analysing interviews within the PRiSM project.
Dr Juliana Onwumere
Dr Juliana Onwumere is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience King’s College London. She is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. Her complementary research and clinical
interests focus on the intersectionality of mental health problems, family relationships, and health across the lifespan. She is interested in caregiving relationships affected by violence and the interface between mental
and physical health. Juliana has a growing interest in health inequalities particularly in racial and ethnic minority groups. Her work includes the development of evidence-based psycho-social interventions and workforce training and supervision initiatives to support their increased access by underserved groups. She developed the first massive open online course (MOOC) designed for carers of people with psychosis and schizophrenia: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/caring-psychosis-schizophrenia