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Black History Month

October 2021

We’re here for you.

If the pandemic has taught us anything it is that supporting each other as equals and learning about our differences can actually bring us together.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s vision is of a society that promotes good mental health for all and that values, as equals, people who experience mental health problems.

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What does research tell us?

  • Black Caribbean groups are 7 times more at risk of psychosis than the White population*
  • Black or Black British people are 4 times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act*
  • Black and Caribbean men are at higher risk of suicide*
  • Black African and African Caribbean people are more likely to be medicated for their mental health problems and less likely to be offered talking therapies **
  • Black or Black British and Mixed ethnic groups are significantly more likely than those in the White, Asian or Other ethnic groups to experience sexual assault ***
* source: National Mind
** source: Bignall, T., Jeraj, S., Helsby, E., & Butt, J. (2019): Racial disparities in mental health: literature and evidence review. Race Equality Foundation.
*** source: Office for National Statistics – Crime Survey for England and Wales

Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK since 1987, Olivette Otele, historian and Professor of the History of Slavery at Bristol University, argues that, “providing multiple and more inclusive histories can empower people, and help to discredit and dismantle racial injustice in the present”.

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It is vital to know our black history, as we can’t know where we are going, until we know where we have been. We need to understand why Mental Health illness continues to disproportionately impact on our black communities.

We are demonstrating our stand, to ensure we raise awareness that we are here for you. To mark the occasion of Black History Month, we will be sharing stories about mental health and celebrating black people!


Black community pioneers

Celebrating Taiwo Owetemi – local Coventry MP who courageously and passionately fought in parliament for our children to have access to free school meals.


Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, more commonly known as Lady Phyll, is one of the most influential figures in the British LGBT+ community.

    Black education

    “We were a good example to the rest of the world, how you can live together regardless of where you come from or the colour of your skin”
    Betty Campbell

    Music, me and mental health

    Interview with Coventry’s Mackabee Sound System and people’s choice of black music.

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