BME Mental Health

Diverse Cymru provides support, services and advice to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people throughout Wales who are affected by mental ill health

A number of reports have highlighted that although there is an over-representation of BME adults within the mental health services there is also an under-representation of BME young people accessing mental health services. Furthermore, BME people are less likely to be referred by a GP for support despite this leading to higher percentages than average later being admitted to hospital with chronic mental health problems.

As part of Diverse Cymru’s mission, we are striving to make positive differences in these statistics. We are using our position to raise awareness both within Wales’ BME communities and among health care professionals of the additional issues and barriers that face BME people around accessing mental health services.

We want people to feel confident and comfortable when accessing services, and for health care practitioners to feel more knowledgeable when facing the complexities of the issues that some BME people face in seeking help.

Our projects

– All-Wales BME Mental Health Project

Funded by the Welsh Government as part of their Section 64 grants, the All-Wales BME Mental Health Project focuses on representing the views, opinions and experiences of BME adults with mental ill-health to policy makers and practitioners at a strategic level. This engagement helps ensure that the barriers specific to BME people are taken into account in the development and implementation of legislation, policies, procedures and practices throughout Wales.

From April 2018, we have engaged with Health Boards, Trusts and voluntary sector organisations across Wales, assisting them to achieve the Diverse Cymru BME Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification. A quality mark independently validated by the United Kingdom Investor in Equality and Diversity (UKIED), the Certification will confirm an organisation’s commitment to Cultural Competence the accessibility and quality of BME mental health services. The Scheme is focussed on practice not policy which makes it a workplace developmental tool and will enhance your practice incrementally.

This project has been endorsed by The Royal College of Psychiatrists and is the first Scheme of its kind in the UK.

Since its launch in 2018 the Scheme has gone from strength to strength and its success and adaptability has resulted in its expansion to help improve cultural competency in a much wider range of service areas.

BME Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification Scheme

Find more information here –  http://bmemhcert.diversecymru.org.uk/

– BME Mental Health Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan BME Mental Health Project

Who we work with:

  • People from African, African/Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani communities
  • The long-established 3rd and 4th generation mixed parentage population of Cardiff
  • Asylum seekers and refugees

Our services include:

  • An individual Recovery plan – Collaborating with clients to identify individual goals and ideal paths to recovery
  • Support in the community – Help and support with everyday situations
  • Information and advice
  • Befriending – Befriending volunteers are trained and supported by Diverse Cymru to provide an informal social outlet to people who are isolated by their mental ill-health
  • Signposting for individuals, family members and carers
  • Hospital and GP visits
  • Understanding and encouragement

Who can make a referral?:

  • Potential clients can self-refer
  • Voluntary and community organisations
  • Agencies working with homeless people
  • Housing support workers
  • Social services
  • Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs)
  • GPs and other health professionals
  • Probation services
  • Refugees and Asylum Seeker organisations

– HYPE Cymru

HYPE CYMRU – Helping young people through empowerment. Delivering workshop to key stage 2 and 3 and young people up to the age of 25 years old.

HYPE Cymru carries out workshops on feelings, mental health knowledge, and breaking down stigma attached to mental health and how to talk about mental health, and who to speak to if you need help.

The project is run in Cardiff Newport Swansea and Wrexham. HYPE Cymru work in primary schools, secondary schools, youth centres, and even running our own shed, were you can drop in during the day and evening to have a chat and pick up information on mental health.

Green prescription – this involves taking young people out and about in wales, using a holistic approach. HYPE Cymru works to help young people to take time out, maybe by doing a form of exercise, or walking. HYPE encourages young people to practice mindfulness when they are on walks and to listen to themselves.

To find out more, click here.

– BAME Mental Health Online/Telephone Support Project

With Welsh Government funding, we have created a project aimed to provide enhanced person-focused support to vulnerable BAME people across Wales who require mental health support during this time. Our usual methods of working have changed due to COVID-19 and we are experiencing an increase in demand for our specialist services from across Wales. This is a community focused and culturally sensitive, offering services in four community languages (including Arabic and Somali), aiming to improve individuals’ mental wellbeing so that they do not need to access primary services.

To get in contact, ring 07932 512240, or email tubasum.munawar@diverse.cymru.


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For all enquiries and referrals, or to find out more about BME Mental Health Awareness Raising sessions, contact the BME Mental Health team on 029 2036 8888 option 4.

At Diverse Cymru our aims, ideals and services are all based around empowering and uplifting the voices of people facing inequality across Wales.