Diverse Cymru is pleased to announce a three year extension to its unique Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Mental Health support service.
Research shows that people from BME backgrounds are over represented in the mental health care system, and more likely to present at a ‘crisis’ level rather than early preventative care.
Over the past five years, Diverse Cymru has helped over 200 people, mostly asylum seekers and refugees, to access mental health care and to support them and their families through difficult periods.
This three year funding, with an option for a fourth, covers Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is available to all BME people who still suffer discrimination in various forms and will be absolutely vital as more people arrive in the UK to rebuild their lives.
This funding will continue to provide three dedicated support workers, but also a new role of Volunteering, Engagement and Peer Support Coordinator who will work to recruit befrienders for clients and make volunteers an integral part of the team.
BME Mental Health Project Manager, Suzanne Duval, said:
I’m delighted to have received this new funding as it means we can continue to provide a unique, quality service to BME people in Cardiff and the Vale.
This project complements our all-Wales BME mental health work as well as our youth project ‘Get Your Kicks On‘. We believe progress is being made in getting the message out across Wales, but on an individual level there will always be work to do.
Our new Peer Support Coordinator will be able to make clients a big part of how we deliver the service, which is a principle important to us across the whole organisation.