The 10th of October marks World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is suicide prevention. I’m not going to be talking specifically about this in this episode, but you can hear more in the episode on how and why to talk about suicide at work.
Black Mental Health
As this year’s World Mental Health Day falls in Black History Month, I’m going to use this episode to talk about how to engage your staff understand how BAME/Global Majority face barriers with mental health stigma, treatment, and prejudice.
I’ll introduce you to ways of thinking about this differently so that you can help to equalise the playing field in and outside work.
This may be particularly useful if you work with colleagues from various cultural backgrounds and listeners who work with students in university settings.
I’ve decided to focus on this issue for this episode because I feel there’s been more and more talk about this subject over the last 12 months. And I’m really pleased to see this because I think culture and mental health is something that we need to talk about more.
In today’s show, I talk about:
- Why I decided to dedicate an episode to Black mental health. [01:18]
- What do we mean by the term mental health? [02:47]
- Why it’s important to support Black mental health in your workplace. [06:29]
- How not supporting mental health can affect your workplace. [08:45]
- What you can do to shift the status quo and get everyone thinking about mental health and culture in a holistic way. [09:36]
Here are some helpful resources I mentioned in this episode:
- Muslim youth helpline.
- Black and Asian therapy network.
- Racism and mental health
- Better practice in Mental Health Report
- Engaging BAME Communities in Mental Health
Here are statistics about inclusion you might find useful:
- Interestingly, for every £1 invested in mental health, organisations will get a return of £1.50 at the very least.
- Around 91 million sick days are lost each year in the UK due to mental health not being supported properly.
- I think it’s really important to recognise that mental health is the health of our minds.
- Eurocentric methods and treatments for mental health are usually unsuitable and culturally inappropriate to the needs of BAME communities
- Mental health and mental ill-health have become more widely spoken about in the last 10 years. But I think we all know, we still have a long way to go in terms of supporting everyone equally.
- When we talk about stigma, people acknowledge it has changed and shifted.
- In the workplace, people are very fearful of talking about their mental ill-health, because of the assumptions that other people have, work that might be taken away from them, or prejudices that they don’t face when they don’t declare or disclose.
What to do next?
Do you want to do more to help your staff understand suicide? It’s a big topic and this is just the beginning of the iceberg.
You can work with me on a one-day awareness course. We’ll be able to go into more depth about these topics. Your staff will feel more confident and you’ll be building a mentally healthy community.
Why not find out more about training courses here
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