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Black Mental Health Matters

Colourful Radio presents four shows on Black Mental Health presented by Patrick Vernon OBE and Sinai Fleary. The first is broadcast on Time to Talk Day, Thursday 6 February at 9am (repeated 6pm), with a new broadcast every Thursday at 9 am and 6pm until 27 Feb. The line-up includes:

Grass roots

The Feb 6 show features Tony Cealy’s ‘What’s killing Black men?’ a grass roots, improvised play focusing on male mental health and suicide – performances in Black History Month really got the community talking and there are repeat dates by popular demand in Brixton (Feb 11) and Streatham (Saturday 15) Libraries.

BCA Archive

Show 2 (13 Feb), features contributions from Sadiki Harris and Nathan Lewis of Black Thrive, and audio-visual Artist and psychotherapist Stephen Rudder discussing his exhibition on Black Men and Mental Health at Black Cultural Archives (BCA).

Experience of services

Show 3 (20 Feb) includes Natalie Creary, Black Thrive; Neil Robertson, Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance; Dr Chanelle Myrie, Clinical Psychologist and joint Head of the Mental Health Promotion Team at SLAM; and Tuiette Thomas, sharing her lived experience as a mental health service user, discussing Mental Health Services in Lambeth.

Spirit and mind

Show 4 (27 Feb) Faith and spirituality and Mental Health, with Juney Mohammed, BME Community Development Service Manager at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Rev, Poseda Langley-Perkins, Pastor at Church of God of Prophecy, House of Bread) and Church leader Sis Cindy.

This series is brought to you in association with: Lambeth Borough Council

Lambeth Borough Council

Organisations and individuals we worked with on this production included:

Black Thrive

Black Thrive is a partnership that works to address the inequalities that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people in Lambeth. We bring together individuals, local communities, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations to address the structural barriers that prevent Black people from thriving.

Black Cultural Archives: Black Mental Health Activists in Late Twentieth-Century Britain

This project will examine the role and significance of Black mental health activists in late twentieth- century Britain. Black activists have long recognised that psychiatric practices and biases have led to disproportionate numbers of people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities being diagnosed with mental illness and detained under the Mental Health Act.

University of Roehampton and the Black Cultural Archives (BCA will work with PhD student to explore under-utilised collections on mental health at BCA, including oral histories with community health workers active in the 1970s-90s, periodicals such as the Brent Black Mental Health Journal, and the personal papers of prominent activists, including Jan McKenley, Stella Dadzie, Len Garrison, and Melba Wilson, former policy director of MIND.

Further details contact Dr Yolana Pringle (Email) or Prof Leah Bassel (Email)
BCA Website

Lambeth Living Well Network

The Living Well Network Alliance supports people in Lambeth who are experiencing mental illness or distress. People who use our mental health services tell us they want more options for support when they are in crisis. They also wish that teams could work more closely together to reduce the number of times they have to give personal information and tell their story.

Single Access Point | Crisis Support | Psychotherapy For All

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM)

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provides the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK. They also provide substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Our services include the Maudsley Hospital and Bethlem Royal Hospital. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.
SLaM Well Being Zone: Website
Further details on faith and spirituality programme contact Juney Muhammad (Email)
NHS mood zone: Website

Mental Health Promotion Team

The Mental Health Promotion Team provides an innovative and creative training and community development service which focuses on improving mental health and wellbeing for individuals, groups, organisations and communities. We provide a range of​ training that can be tailored to your needs, as well as accredited courses.​ Our training aims to shift mindsets, raise awareness about mental health and mental​ distress, support organisational change towards better mental well- being, challenge stigma​ and discrimination about mental distress/illness and improve mental well-being. We also design and deliver community development projects to improve mental health and wellbeing with a particular focus on marginalised communities.
To find out more about the Wheel of Wellbeing, a specific intervention we offer, please visit this website
For more information on the services that we offer, please Email


Suman Fernando

Formerly a consultant psychiatrist in Enfield for over twenty years Suman is now Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences in the School of Social Sciences at London Metropolitan University. His books include Cultural Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatry; The Struggle Against Racism (2003), Mental Health, Race and Culture (third edition, 2010); Mental Health Worldwide; Culture: Globalization and Development (2014); Institutional racism in psychiatry and clinical psychology; Race matters in mental health (2017) and most recently Global Psychologies; Mental Health in the Global South (2018). Further details: Website

Melba Wilson, OBE, FRSA

Melba Wilson is a researcher and writer. Her work has focused on mental health policy, practice in relation to Britain’s black communities. A former journalist, she has contributed to a wide range of publications. Currently, she mentors within the public sector; and is a volunteer at the Black Cultural Archives, Brixton. The BCA’s mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. Melba is a patron of Sound Minds. She was made an OBE in 2007 for services to healthcare.

Stephen Rudder

Steve is an award-winning filmmaker with 15 years' experience making video pieces for all platforms, from physical installations to digital storytelling. Through Quiet Voice, he works as both a freelance videographer, delivering projects from concept to delivery, and on larger productions as a producer/director bringing together, managing and leading creative teams. As part of my practice, I also work collaboratively alongside various communities to bring fresh insights and perspectives.

Tony Cealy

With over two and a half decades’ worth of experience in the industry, Tony is an experienced drama facilitator, theatre practitioner, arts activist, agitator and creative producer who makes projects and programmes designed to engage the public in issues that are important for social and behavioural change. As a member of the Solution Room, Tony has recently been commissioned by Lambeth Community Foundation to work with Older Men around issues of Mental Health and Wellbeing. He has built a body of work which falls under the title ‘Community Dialogue and Transformations’ and seek to explore how community interventions can both provide insight and incite action.

Kat Anderson

Restraint Restrained, the first solo exhibition by Bristol artist Kat Anderson, was commissioned by Block 336 in partnership with Black Cultural Archives (BCA). The artist conducted a residency at BCA where she accessed specific materials, developing her ongoing research project.

Restraint Restrained Restraint Restrained

Symposium and art installation exploring race and inequality in mental health

09/03/2020 9AM
Black Mental Health Matters -  Faith, spirituality and Mental Health
Black Mental Health Matters - Faith, spirituality and Mental Health

Features Juney Mohammed, BME Community Development Service Manager, SLAM NHS

27/02/2020 9AM
Black men and their mental health - Experience of services
Black men and their mental health - Experience of services

Lived experience of mental health service users and acess to services in Lambeth

20/02/2020 9AM
Black men and their mental health - BCA Archive and Black Thrive
Black men and their mental health - BCA Archive and Black Thrive

Featuring contributions from Sadiki Harris and Nathan Lewis of Black Thrive, and psychotherapist Stephen Rudder

13/02/2020 9AM
Black Men and their mental health - Tony Cealy
Black Men and their mental health - Tony Cealy

Tony Cealy’s What’s killing Black men? is a grass roots, improvised, play focusing on male mental health and suicide

06/02/2020 9AM