People of African and Caribbean descent suffer disproportionately when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. This is a long standing systemic problem that is recognised nationally and particularly in communities such as Lambeth.
Black Thrive has been established as a partnership between statutory and community partners to continue the work started by the Black Health and Wellbeing Commission (BHWC) to improve mental health and wellbeing for Lambeth’s black communities. It is a place-based initiative, modelled on a Collective Impact approach, bringing statutory and community partners together to ensure the resources available can better support the black communities and tackle the inequalities they face.
- Black people have long experienced worse mental health outcomes than the general population. They are under-represented in early support, over-represented in the acute end of services, and more likely to get there through coercive routes.
- We want black people to thrive, supported by relevant, accessible services which provide the same excellent quality of support for all people regardless of race.
- We want to learn how we can tackle this complex issue, capture what is working and share this knowledge widely beyond Lambeth.
Black Thrive harnesses the expertise of practitioners, service users, carers and others across Lambeth to drive and monitor change within the system. Change is encouraged through a series of Working Groups. These are currently focusing on these objectives:
- Improved experience of black communities in mental health services
- Improved access to appropriate services
- Better prevention of mental ill health
- The issues specific to children and young people
Public Health Lambeth are leading the development of a shared measurement system to draw together data and lived experience that is critical for directing efforts and evaluating progress.
Healthwatch Lambeth is hosting the Black Thrive team, led by Patrick Vernon OBE, and chaired by Councillor Jacqui Dyer MBE.
For more information see www.blackthrive.org.uk