This August we will be focusing on mental health awareness for ethnic minorities. Ethnic minority groups in the UK are not only more likely to experience mental ill health than white people, but are also more likely to be sectioned and forcibly restrained.

1 in 4 people from ethnic minority groups don’t share their mental health issues, as they think no one will understand. Things like fear, stigma, racism, inequalities in wealth, cultural attitudes, language barriers and a lack of culturally sensitive treatment can act as barriers to accessing mental health care.

We’ve identified three crucial areas for discussion and would love for you to join us in one of our three upcoming Mental Health Awareness for Ethnic Minorities webinars:

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When: Tuesday 3rd August, 10am – 11:30am

Where: MS Teams

Guest Speaker: Dorcas Onabanjo

Dorcas is a mental health professional and global health advocate with a background in non-profit management and health communications. Passionate about health inequalities, Dorcas spends her down time working as the Mental Health Lead for House of Cinn, a social enterprise whose mission is to build community with rough sleepers through baking cinnabons.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a postgraduate diploma in Global Public Health and Policy and is currently undergoing a Masters in Psychology. As an Assistant Psychologist her background in the advocacy of marginalised communities, development and learning allows her to speak about mental health through both lived experience and an academic lens.

What we’ll be discussing:

This session is open to all Trafford residents from ethnic minority communities, and will focus on the mental health of young people from ethnic minority backgrounds. We’ll cover:

  • Why we need to talk about ethnic minority mental health;
  • Specific issues relating to young people;
  • Stigma, myths and discrimination;
  • Starting conversations about mental health;
  • Our guest speaker, Dorcas Onabanjo, is passionate about health inequalities and young people's mental health and will share her experiences of lockdown and how she looked after her health and wellbeing;
  • Signposting and support;
  • Looking to the future, post COVID-19;
  • Plus more.

Book your place now.

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When: Thursday 5th August, 10am – 11:30am

Where: MS Teams

Guest Speaker: Talat Cheema-Ahmad

Talat Cheema-Ahmad Graduated at Goldsmiths University of London obtaining a BA in Sociology and Cultural studies. She went onto completing her PGCE and becoming both a Primary and Secondary school Teacher. Using her experiences of teaching and becoming a mother, Talat co-runs empowering workshops for Mums primarily from an ethnic minority background (under the company Creative Spaces London) implementing creativity, sports, wellbeing and group coaching. The sessions are there to help remind these women that they are more than “just a mum” but that they are AMAZING and more. The aim is also to help and encourage mums back on their feet with whatever direction they wish to embark upon within a safe space. Talat also runs a small business called @TalatsTreats which involves hand-made gifts and recently has created a variety of journals/planners and workbooks for young people and adults- from travel, to tackling good mental wellbeing, to working on a healthy lifestyle and more.

What we’ll be discussing:

This session is open to all Trafford residents from ethnic minority communities, and will focus on the mental health of mums from ethnic minority backgrounds. We’ll cover:

  • Why we need to talk about ethnic minority mental health;
  • Specific issues relating to pregnancy and motherhood;
  • Stigma, myths and discrimination;
  • Starting conversations about mental health;
  • From her 'Lockdown Mum' parody song to her work with local community groups, Talat Cheema-Ahmad will share her experiences of lockdown and how she prioritised her health & wellbeing;
  • Signposting and support;
  • Looking to the future, post COVID-19;
  • Plus more.

Book your place now.

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When: Wednesday 11th August, 11am – 12:30pm

Where: MS Teams

Guest Speaker: Lee Chambers

What we’ll be discussing: 

This session is open to all Trafford residents from ethnic minority communities, and will focus on the mental health of mums from ethnic minority backgrounds. We’ll cover:

  • Why we need to talk about mental health;
  • Stigma, myths and discrimination;
  • Starting conversations about mental health;
  • Our guest speaker, Lee Chambers is an environmental psychologist and wellbeing consultant with a passion for encouraging more open and honest conversations about male mental health, he will share his story and some tips on how ethnic minority men can look after their health and wellbeing;
  • Signposting & supporting;
  • Looking into the future, post COVID-19;
  • Plus more.

Book your place now.