Lambeth’s black residents are being invited to take part in an event to improve wellbeing in the borough.
African and Caribbean people are much more likely to be diagnosed with a severe mental health illness than their neighbours of other ethnicities.
In response to this challenge the council has been developing ideas with the community and the NHS to help prevent illness and improve access to appropriate services.
Co-chair of the black mental health commission, set up by the board, Cllr Ed Davie said: ‘Black people make up just a quarter of Lambeth’s population yet almost three quarters of the borough’s residents in secure mental health units are of African or Caribbean descent. We have to find a better way to support and help people.”
Fellow co-chair Jacqui Dyer, who has used mental health services herself and cared for others, said: “This is an opportunity for Lambeth council, NHS and Lambeth’s African and black Caribbean population to together create recommendations for improving their health and wellbeing. I am delighted to be a part of this process.”
‘From Surviving to Thriving’ is being held on March 15 to share ideas and explain some of the work being done.
Leader of Lambeth council, Cllr Lib Peck, chief executive Derrick Anderson and new chief executive of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Matthew Patrick, are among the speakers.
The event takes place 10am to 3pm on March 15 in the Lambeth Assembly Hall next to the Town Hall in Brixton. It’s free and lunch will be provided but please book a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org