BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic & Refugee) Mental Health Strategy Group

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BAMER mental health needs have long been identified as a concern by BAMER individuals with experience of mental distress, commissioners, providers of services & community organisations locally. However, despite strong partnership working & networks amongst key stakeholders, there has been no strategic forum providing a focus for BAMER mental health concerns & initiatives in Liverpool. The Consortium has, therefore, established this group, in partnership with key stakeholders, to take the issue forward as part of its ongoing programme of work to support stakeholder participation in the development of mental health strategy & service improvement in Liverpool.

The aims of the group are to:

  • Improve the mental health & wellbeing of Liverpool’s BAMER communities by informing & influencing mental health commissioning & service provision to better meet community needs
  • Improve access to appropriate support & services for BAMER people through working in partnership with mental health providers to ensure that services meet the needs of BAMER individuals

The group currently meets bi-monthly: January, March, May, July, September & November

The next meeting is on: Thu 9th Mar, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Thu 9 Mar, Thu 18 May, Thu 20 Jul, Thu 21 Sep, Thu 16 Nov

Venue: Community Base, 4th Floor, World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN

For further dates & times, please contact Claire Stevens on 0151 237 2688 or claire.stevens@liverpoolmentalhealth.org

BAMER Survey launched!

Liverpool Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) Mental Health Strategy Group has launched a survey & we’d very much appreciate your help in completing it/circulating to your networks.

BAMER Peer Support

This survey aims to collect information on the importance of ‘peer support’ within BAMER communities – including how support is provided, whether formally or informally, by people with similar life experiences differs from support provided by professionals – particularly in relation to mental health & wellbeing.

Although there is a growing body of evidence about the benefits of peer support in general, at present there is relatively little evidence about the specific benefits which peer support provides within BAMER communities or about why individuals from these communities may not access mainstream peer support provision.

We think YOU can help us to collect information which will highlight the benefits of BAMER peer support & which can potentially bring in more funding, resources & support to our local BAMER communities.

This survey is aimed at anyone who identifies as being part of a BAMER community. You can either download the document here: BAMER Peer Support Questionnaire & return to us at hello@liverpoolmentalhealth.org by Monday 10th October 2016 or you can fill in the questionnaire online by following this link: http://goo.gl/forms/n2XSBz1M6O. If you would like more information, there is an Information sheet here: BAMER Peer Support Participant Information Sheet

 

The group compiled a useful booklet for World Mental Health Day 2015, listing a range of local services which provide mental health-related information, advice & support to people from BAMER communities. All copies of the booklet have now been circulated, but a PDF copy is available here: BAMER Support & Services Leaflet