MHM Wales Black Lives Matter Statement:
MHM Wales unites with the world to show Black Lives Matter and Black Mental Health Matters both in Wales and around the World. We strive to ensure equality throughout the mental health sector.
In mental health, as in other areas of life, there is a huge disparity in how black and minority ethnic population are listened to and supported at every level. Numerous studies have detailed that there are significant mental health, health and justice inequalities for Black and minority ethnic people.
Regardless of colour or ethnic background, everyone who uses a mental health service (or cares for someone who does) should have equitable access to effective interventions, and equitable experiences and outcomes. MHM Wales’ aim for mental health services it delivers is to be culturally capable and able to address the diverse needs of a multi-cultural population through effective and appropriate forms of support while taking into account the cultural/spiritual needs and religion of those requiring support.
We aim for our services and workforce to be ‘culturally capable’, to ensure we are able to deliver high-quality support to every person, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, culture or language proficiency. We are working towards the Diverse Cymru Good Practice Workplace Certification Scheme which recognises the commitment to continually develop ways in which organisations can improve services and provide culturally appropriate mental health services through offering practical ongoing positive differences and by ensuring everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support, dignity and respect they deserve. But we aim to do even more by working with people and communities to redesign our services and our society.
#Black Lives Matter, and deserve more than mattering.