Junior doctor and co-editor of The Colour of Madness, Samara Linton explores how workforce barriers stand in the way of racial equality in mental health. Interviews with Jacqui Dyer MBE, Yvonne Coghill, and Keisha York.
Read the article in Issue 10 here: Breaking Barriers | RCPsych Insight
“Actress Jessica Biel is the latest A-list celebrity to come under public scrutiny after she was spotted at the California State Assembly lobbying against a public health bill that would make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children..”
Read article here: As a doctor, I know how dangerous Jessica Biel’s vaccination views are| Metro
“While we have seen an increase in the attention paid to racial disparities in mental health, for example through news reports, audits and task forces, we are only at the beginning of our journey.
The Colour of Madness is but one drop in the ocean of voices that need to be heard.”
Read blog post here: The Colour of Madness| Syngeri Collaborative Centre
The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has proposed a set of measures to improve the mental health of NHS staff, including a 24-hour advice and support service.
As a junior doctor, I can’t help but wonder if these interventions are merely a plaster on top of a gaping wound.
Read article here: Mental health support for NHS workers is just sticking a plaster on a gaping wound | Metro
UMUADA is an exploration of mental health, migration, and motherhood against the backdrop of an urban-African diasporic family. Led by a cast and creative team of Black British women, UMUADA is headlining the 2018 Play Mill Festival at the King’s Head Theatre this July, following its powerful debut at the Bunker Theatre. Black Ballad spoke to UMUADA’s award-winning writer and director, Justina Kehinde…
Read article here: Motherhood, Migration And Mental Health: Justina Kehinde’s UMUADA | Black Ballad
It is perhaps unsurprising that in a world where prejudice and discrimination are rampant, merely existing can invoke trauma upon our minds and bodies. I find myself thinking about this a lot, the difficulties of simply existing as who we are.
Maybe it was my experience of immigrating from rural Jamaica to inner-city London and learning that society had already predicted my destination. Or perhaps, it is simply my career in the medical profession, being immersed in a world where vulnerability is the norm, and the impact of trauma is all too evident…
Read article here: Why We Need To Write Our Own Mental Health Narratives| Black Ballad
“but bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical
dilemma/ i haven’t conquered yet/ do you see the point
my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender”
– For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf
A word frequently used to describe women of colour is resilience. In addition to tackling the everyday challenges of health, family, employment and identity, women of colour have to navigate a world with rampant sexism and racism…
Read blog post here: #16blogs for #IDEVAW: Beyond ‘resilience’: black women and mental health
“I was 8 when I realised that the brain could go wrong. We were in the middle of class and the girl on the table next to me started shaking. The teacher told us to move the chairs and tables out the way. Her brain just gets too excited sometimes. Epilepsy.”
Read article here: Three Black Women Discuss Their First Time Experiences With Mental Health | Black Ballad
Last year, I discovered that people with mental health problems can be successful. Specifically, I discovered that people with mental health problems can be successful professionals: capable, ambitious and influential. I owe this discovery to Kay Redfield Jamison.
Read article here: Dream Nation: Be Well – This Space