Would you like to be a part of tackling the stigma and discrimination that young African and Caribbean men can sometimes face within the mental health system? Would you like to speak out about your experiences to change this? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts and opinions about the service.
As part of our 300 Voices pilot project we are hosting events in Birmingham to tackle the issue of discrimination so that we can improve quality of service and patient outcomes, and we’d like you to get involved. With your help, our events will enable young men and staff from mental health services and the police to talk about how we can change things for the better. Through these conversations we aim to change attitudes and behaviour to reduce the stigma and discrimination that can sometimes exist within these services.
Who can get involved with 300 Voices:
- Young African or Caribbean men aged 18-25 with experience of using mental health services;
- Members of staff working within the mental health system or the West Midlands Police;
- Voluntary or community organisations that works with or has an interest in mental health services for young African and Caribbean men;
- Any family members, carers or friends of young African Caribbean men who have lived experience of being a mental health inpatient.
What can you do?
- Become a Lived Experience Advisor:
What’s your story? Do you have experience of being a mental health inpatient? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts and opinions about the treatment you received. Both positive and negative examples will help us improve the experiences for other young African and Caribbean men within the mental health system. Advisors will help to spread the message and speak at events.
- Get involved in events:
We’re running events for young men and staff from mental health services and the police to talk about how we can change things for the better. Help us run these workshops.
- Mentor others:
Use your own experience to provide support and encouragement to help other young African and Caribbean men to speak out and share their stories.
- Tell your story:
Telling your story can be done in lots of different ways and we can help you get your voice heard. This may be through social media, writing a blog on our website or getting involved in writing articles.
- Speak out:
Share your story in workshops, on the radio, podcasts, Youtube, and video diaries. We can provide you with training and support to get your story across in a way that you’re comfortable with.
- Spread the message:
Tell people! Hand out flyers and give us your ideas about making sure the right people hear about the project.
- Get creative:
If there is a way that you can help us that we haven’t considered we’d like to hear your ideas.
There are lots of ways you can get involved and we will provide you with training and support to get your experiences across to make sure you feel confident to be involved. Please get in touch withJenny Hudson to find out about taking part.