“People from the black community are disproportionately exposed to factors, like poverty, that increase their likelihood of developing a mental illness,” says Lambeth’s Black Health and Wellbeing Commission in a powerful report entitled From Surviving to Thriving. “Everyone in Lambeth needs to work together to eradicate poverty, poor housing, abuse, substance misuse and lack of opportunity. These are big challenges but if we start by improving social and emotional education, early intervention and the experience of those with mental illness we will reduce one of the starkest areas of inequality in the borough.”
The report was launched at a successful joint event with the Commission and Time to Change at Lambeth Town Hall on World Mental Day and in Black History Month.
Commission Co-chairs Councillors Ed Davie and Jacqui Dyer reported that feedback “has been really positive and a strong message that people would like to continue to be kept informed on these and associated initiatives.”
Click here for the Black Health and Wellbeing Commission final report for your information