Find Black, Asian, and minority ethnic support groups, webinars and therapy for BAME communities below.
Worried about stigma and taboos around therapy? Watch Erik's story!
"I came from an ethnic minority background... Our culture doesn't accept mental health problems"
"...it's really important for you to seek help if needed. I encourage you to seek help because they're there and these are people who are very experienced"
You've heard the 'patient's' side, now listen to the therapist's side on providing culturally sensitive therapy here.
This is a FREE Bereavement Support Service that is being provided by our BAMEStream alliance member Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. They offer therapeutic support in over 20 different languages and is committed to providing Covid-19 bereavement support to people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
Our mission is to connect Black individuals and families with free mental health services — by professional Black therapists to support their mental health. To make this happen, we want to make mental health topics more relevant and accessible for all Black people in the U.K., removing the stigma and remodelling the services to be relevant for the Black community.
This is one to one wellbeing coaching support offer for BAME NHS workforce in NHS and ambulance trusts through COVID-19 and beyond.
Talking to a trained coach can help you process the experiences you are facing, develop coping skills and importantly, develop practical strategies to manage the situation and maintain your health and wellbeing, so you can carry on with your work and your life. It’s a space for you to offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing, deal with difficult conversations ensuring your wellbeing and resilience remains a priority.
All coaching sessions are free and confidential – details will never be shared with employers. All coaching sessions are available via phone or video call, seven days a week at a day and time that suits you.
To book your first coaching session please click here.
You can manage existing sessions or bookings here.
Inspirited Minds is a faith based, grassroots mental health charity located in London that launched in 2014 with the aim to raise awareness, combat stigmas and provide professional, non-judgemental, confidential support to those with mental health illnesses. Although Inspirited Minds works predominantly with those from an Islamic faith, we do not disregard any persons of differing backgrounds. Our initial research showed many Muslims found it difficult to seek help as they felt they would not be understood by someone who did not understand their faith or culture, thus they chose to remain quiet and not seek help. We are here to change this and cater for this need.
Click here to get help from Inspirited Minds.
We set up The Lateef Project in 2010 to work with Muslim communities in Birmingham, and it is now the longest running Islamic counselling service in Europe. We are an independent service and have worked with the NHS and other statutory and voluntary partners. Though the service was initially only open to Muslims across Birmingham, today we work with with Muslims from all over the UK as well as Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Our face-to face service has reached people from diverse Muslim communities in several languages, providing a professional and sensitive therapeutic response to mental distress and common mental health problems, in line with the teachings of Islam. Our service has also been accessed by people of other faiths and those who do not ascribe to a particular faith. The Lateef Project is unique in our exclusive use of Islamic Counselling – a highly respected therapeutic faith-based model developed, practiced and trained to an accredited professional qualification in the UK for 20 years.
Click here to get support from Lateef Project.
There are services available throughout the UK which offer free counselling specifically set up to serve the BME community. Many of these services encourage you to self-refer but if you are unsure your GP can signpost or assist you with a referral.
So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.
The Empowerment Group is a registered charity providing heavily-subsidised and culturally-sensitive online one-to-one therapy to Black individuals in the UK aged 18 and over who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Facing mental health challenges
- From a deprived area or disadvantaged background.
- Low income home, unemployed or a student.
- Impacted by COVID-19, a bereavement, grief or racial trauma.
Qualified Tagalog-speaking professionals are available to speak to when you are going through a tough time, feeling worried or overwhelmed. They can support you if you are experiencing anxiety or emotional issues, bereavement, or if you have experienced trauma whilst at work. You do not need a referral and can book a consultation by calling 0300 303 1115.
Open 7 days a week, between 8am-8pm.
This support line is provided by Hospice UK.
"Workforce burnout across the NHS and care systems now presents an extraordinarily dangerous risk to the future functioning of both services." - Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Chair of Health and Social Care Committee.
In the UK, 33% of the health and social care workforce are of black and asian ethnicity, with english not necessarily their first language, so how do you check in with them to make sure they are doing ok.
Emily Gardner is joined by David Truswell, chair of the Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity. David has worked in community based mental health services in the UK for over thirty years and has been a great advocate for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. He has a rich history and understanding of how mental health has and does impact different minority communities.
This webinar created by Thrive LDN considers the challenges Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities face and some techniques and strategies to support wellbeing now and as lockdown restrictions ease.
SAHF UK-India COVID-19 webinars
The South Asian Health Foundation teamed up with the AHSN Network and Learn With Nurses to host a series of webinars to support learning and exchange opportunities with clinicians from the UK and India on COVID-19.
The webinar series was held throughout May. The first of four webinars was about sharing NHS experiences of COVID-19 specifically regarding hospital and ICU management with health and care professionals in other countries, which is the video to the right.
Click here for more information on the webinar series and to watch them.
If you are registered with a GP in Southwark, and you identify as "African, Caribbean, Asian or any other background which differs from the white British majority and are experiencing signs of stress, anxiety or depression - you might find our Race, Identity, and Me Group helpful.
This online therapeutic group aims to provide a safe space for people from an *Ethnicbackground to come together and share experiences and address the impact of racial trauma and discrimination (and many other difficulties) on our mental health such as depression and anxiety.
Through talking, listening & learning together we can become empowered through a deeper understanding of the collective struggle. Acknowledging the skills developed on this journey. Increasing self-esteem & improving self-awareness and the awareness of others.
To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLAM UK aim to promote a positive dialogue of social identity and culture through history.
Zuri Therapy is our Racial Wellness Therapy Workshops. It is a range of free, virtual group sessions for Black British people.
Following the murder of George Floyd and the additional challenges caused by the pandemic, the mental health of the Black community has been negatively affected with an increased number of people experiencing anxiety and depression. We work with certified Black therapists to help individuals begin their healing process for racial trauma. We have a specific focus on the lives of Black people in the UK.
Emotional Emancipation Circles (EECs) are culturally grounded self-help support groups designed to help heal the trauma caused by anti-Black racism.
In EECs, we share stories; deepen our understanding of the impact of historical forces on our sense of self-worth, our relationships, and our communities; and learn essential emotional wellness skills to help us be at our best as individuals and as a people.
For information or to enroll in a group, click here.
In addition, the Sawubona Healing Circles create Courageous Healing Conversations for Black frontline staff.
In response to the dual global pandemics of Covid-19 and systemic racism, Pattigift Therapy is offering culturally grounded Healing Circles for all members of the African Heritage community for Covid -19 and beyond.
This program, part of a global initiative, is designed to build resilience, address trauma, create cohesion, develop family support and general wellbeing.
The impact of "living while black" can be extremely stressful unless we have the tools to manage it. Attendance in a circle is not a response to something being wrong with us; it is to protect ourselves from what is wrong with the world.
In these challenging days, one very healthy thing we can do to support our families and communities is to develop simple safe spaces; healing circles - where we can come together to Breathe
To learn more, contact Pattigift Therapy on 0121 236 3551 or 07309 649094 or email at admin