Haringey Community Press

Haringey Community Press

Black Thrive comes to Haringey

Hero for Black Thrive comes to Haringey
29 December 2021

Mind in Haringey will be the borough’s lead organisation to address the systemic inequalities facing Black communities, as part of the Black Thrive network.

Since 2016, Black Thrive Lambeth has been working with statutory and community partners to tackle these structural inequalities, which negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people.

This will include developing and delivering community led research to better inform policy, and investing in future generations by supporting Black people in leadership roles.

Last year Black Thrive Global was established to work beyond Lambeth and has received a £5million grant over ten years from the National Lottery Community Fund to expand into Haringey and Birmingham.

CEO of Mind in Haringey, Lynette Charles said: “For the past five years we have been trying to ensure that the support and services we offer and the staff who deliver them reflect our diverse communities.

“We have been doing a number of things to address the racial disparities that we see, including securing an £85,000 grant from Zurich International to provide Black counsellors for our Improving Black Minds service, and supporting Black male peer groups (Brothers Safe Space and Black Expressions). Black Thrive coming to Haringey means that we can do even more.

“The money from the National Lottery gives us a great opportunity to make a reality of our aspirations to improve the lives of Black communities in Haringey.”

Haringey Council wants to build on the work that its ‘Addressing Racism and Racial Discrimination’ group has started by tackling inequalities in health, education,employment, community safety, and policing.

Zina Etheridge, chief executive of Haringey Council said: “This funding from the National Lottery comes at a time when we desperately need to make tangible progress on placing Black communities at the centre of reducing the inequalities that have persisted for too long.”

Black people in the UK have been more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people; Black people are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act (or ‘sectioned’); and Black men are ten times more likely to be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder than white men.

Jinjer Kandola, chief executive of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust said: “In common with areas across the country Black people in Haringey are disproportionately affected by mental ill health. It is really not okay to allow this to continue, and hospital admission is not the right solution for most people.

“I would like the funding from the National Lottery to help us work better with Black communities and voluntary organisations such as Mind in Haringey to address the root causes that will avoid many people going into mental health crisis through better support earlier.”

For more information, contact the Black Thrive team at: [email protected]