BMH UK’s The Solution Magazine uncovers the legacy of a hidden history

BMH UK’s latest edition of the online The Solution Magazine is making as well as marking history by for the first time giving voice to the experience of the children who have been impacted by the issue of deaths in custody.

The commemorative front cover of this October/November issue charts the tragic loss of lives, which is part of the hidden history that has sadly shaped the experience of black mental health in the UK over the past thirty years.

In an exclusive interview with children who have been forced to live with the legacy of tragedies, this months The Solution magazine sheds light on the generational impact of deaths in custody.

The endorsement by the chair of the Government’s Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody, Lord Toby Harris’s of this edition of The Solution Magazine, confirms the needs for this issue to be made as much a priority across government departments as much as is across the community.

Levi Roots continues his support of BMH UK work of mainstreaming the issue of mental health in the community by sharing yet more healthy fabulicous recipes from his new book ‘Spice It Up.

In his column Why Mental Health Matters, Steve Pope, editor of the UK’s only black newspaper, The Voice, speaks out on the importance of remembering the community’s history in the particularly in the challenging area of mental health.

The UK’s leading black church leaders Archdeacon Daniel Kajumba, Bishop Llewellyn Graham and Pastor Desmond Hall unite in their condemnation of deaths in custody and call for a radical overhaul in the way these cases are treated.

This month’s news includes coverage on a public meeting on the issue of black deaths in custody, organised by Black Mental Health UK on Wednesday 26th October, from 6.30 – 9.00 pm at and the London School of Economics Students Union (LSESU), The Quad, East Building, London, School of Economics Students Union London WC2A 2AE.

Matilda MacAttram editor in chief of BMH UK’s The Solution Magazine said: ‘of all aspects of black British history, the story of those from the UK’s African Caribbean communities who have used and died within mental health services is undoubtedly the most challenging. We mark black history month by taking a look at the uncharted history of black mental health, which as this edition’s cover shows, has sadly been shaped by the issue of deaths in custody.

Information is power and those who fail to learn from the past are likely to repeat rather than learn from mistakes that have been made. We hope that this edition goes some way to shed light on the past and give insight into how to ensure a better future for those in need of mental health care.’

Click here to read this October/November issue of The Solution Magazine online or visit BMH UK’s homepage at www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk


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