Together we stand committed to ensuring good mental health and wellbeing for all people of colour.
Tragic recent events in America have once again highlighted the deep-rooted problem of race discrimination within societies across the world. This is an issue that also lives within the UK and organisations across the country.
Racism as well as other forms of direct and indirect discrimination have no place in our society. All organisations must be part of the change to step up and stamp out prejudice, and to build diverse and supportive cultures of respect and fairness for all.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists state that “In the UK, there are persistent and wide-ranging inequalities for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, increasing their likelihood of being disadvantaged across all aspects of society compared to those from other backgrounds. As the Equality and Human Rights Commission has highlighted, an individual from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background is more likely to experience poverty, to have poorer educational outcomes, to be unemployed, and to come in contact with the criminal justice system. These, in turn, are risk factors for developing a mental illness. These individuals are also less likely to receive the care and support when they need it.”
The Community Roots contract was set up to tackle these and other health inequalities by targeting support to minority individuals who are most at risk of mental health challenges. As well as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) individuals, this includes those who are homeless or insecurely housed, offenders, LGBT+, gypsies and travellers, migrants and people with alcohol or substance misuse problems amongst others.
Through working in partnership Community Roots is able to direct specialist support to where it is needed. We are committed to bringing about a society where all people are treated fairly and have the same opportunities to live well and safely in our local communities.