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Support for the BAME community: resources for mental health

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Tackling racism is important to our commitment to equality at the university and we understand that this has a significant impact on mental wellbeing. We have put together these resources to help support the mental health of our BAME community.

Research by the Office for Students (OfS) shows that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students' experience of higher education is not always as positive as it could and should be. The University of Greenwich has committed to do more to confront all types of racism with the urgency it deserves.

The fact that the University of Greenwich is such a diverse community of staff, students and alumni is what makes it such a special place to be.  I have always been committed to confronting racism and this makes me more determined than ever.  

The university's values of inclusion, equity and equality must be evident in our actions, processes and behaviours not just in words. I want to be clear to everyone in our university community that I take these values very seriously and am committed to listening to all voices and to take action where we need to. We all need to acknowledge our privilege, stand in solidarity with our Black community, and do more.  

Professor Jane Harrington, Vice-Chancellor

BAME communities - Mental Health Foundation

In England and Wales, nearly a fifth of people come from a BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) background. The mental health of BAME communities is important because people from these communities often face individual and societal challenges that can affect access to healthcare and overall mental and physical health.

Mind.org: Existing inequalities have made mental health of BAME groups worse during pandemic

A survey of over 14,000 adults by the mental health charity Mind has revealed that existing inequalities in housing, employment, finances and other issues have had a greater impact on the mental health of people from different Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) groups than white people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nafsiyat intercultural therapy

A pioneering charity offering intercultural therapy in over 20 languages to people from diverse cultural communities.

Nafsiyat offers short-term intercultural therapy to people from diverse backgrounds who live in Islington, Enfield, Camden and Haringey. They provide therapy in over 20 languages.

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network

Home of the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK.

Find a therapist and find out more about how therapy helps.

No One Can See Me Cry: Understanding Mental Health Issues for BAME Academics, Professional Staff and Students in Higher Education by the Centre for Global Higher Education

This seminar examines the impact of negotiating racial inequality and discrimination at university and the impact upon mental health. Aspects examined consider the impact of belonging, victimization, isolation and marginalisation on mental health and how this consequently affects university experiences for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and staff.

Vision for the Advancing Mental Health Equality resource

Identifying and reducing health inequalities in access, experience and outcomes is essential to the delivery of high-quality mental health care. The aim of the AMHE resource is to ensure that all mental health care, and mental health promotion, is responsive to the strengths and needs of each individual and community’s identity and culture.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff and mental wellbeing at work: This poster provides information and details of BAME staff and their mental wellbeing at work.

Connect with our communities

BAME Staff Network

The University has an established Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network, for staff across both academic and professional roles.

The Network provides a safe, supportive and confidential forum for sharing experiences, networking and discussing identified issues that affect members of staff from BAME groups, as well as making recommendations to senior stakeholders and the EDI Committee.

You can join our BAME staff network by emailing Natasha Abreo, or Greenwich Student Union’s BAME Society by emailingMayo Femi-Obalemo, or email equality@greenwich.ac.uk to find out more.