Author Archives: Black Mental Health UK

BMH UK launch National Taser Survey for Britain’s African Caribbean communities

    Human rights campaigns group  Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) has launched a National Taser survey for black Britain, which has been circulated to over 100 black led and run agencies around the country that support or work … Continue reading

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BMH UK’s calls for ban of Taser against detained patients on locked psychiatric wards to be debated in parliament

Calls by human rights campaigns group, Black Mental Health UK  (BMH UK )for a ban on the use of Taser firearms against people detained on locked psychiatric wards, will be among amendments debated on the second day of report stage … Continue reading

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BMH UK position paper on State violence against black Britons presented to the United Nations

The inquiry abuse of black Briton was among the issues raised in a position paper that human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) presented to members of the 18th session of the United Nations Working Group of … Continue reading

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Black Mental Health UK launch Top 30 List for 2015

Human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK’s( BMH UK)  has launched its Top 30 list for 2015, which spotlights the leading individuals that have done  essential work to improve the way African Diaspora living the UK are treated by … Continue reading

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Jonathan Malia’s family vow to continue fight for justice on first year anniversary of his inquest verdict

The family of Jonathan Malia, a physically healthy man who tragically died after he was repeatedly restrained while detained at the privately run Cygnet Mental Health hospital in Stevenage in 2013, have vowed to continue their fight for justice on … Continue reading

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Home Office and Black Mental health UK to hold summit on policing and mental health

The Home Office is working with Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) on preparations for a policing and mental health summit. The event, which will take place on the 23 October at Central Westminster Hall, aims to:

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Black Mental Health UK say Equalities Commission new inquiry into deaths in mental health settings must end preventable fatalities

Human rights campaigns group, Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) has welcomed today’s announcement by the Equalities and Human Rights commission of a year- long inquiry into the non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions detained by thestate and … Continue reading

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Alarm at armed police officers being called onto mental health wards

Tonight’s BBC Panorama programme on the Met Police’s Specialist Firearms Command Unit following a number of people who have been killed by armed officers comes at a time when human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK have learnt that … Continue reading

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Historic parliamentary debate on black deaths in custody on Monday 2 December 2013

Charles Walker MP Member of Parliament for Broxbourne has tabled a debate on ‘detention and black deaths in custody’, which is due to take place the House of Commons on Monday 2nd December 2013.

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BMH UK’s director to speak at African British civil rights in regards to deaths in custody event

Black Mental Health UK’s director Matilda MacAttram will be the keynote speaker a Harrow Black History Month event entitled Challenging Narratives Of Deaths In Custody on Tuesday 26th November, 6.30-8.30pm at the Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre, Civic 1, Station … Continue reading

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London Assembly Police and Crime Committee to look at mental health and policing

The London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee meeting set to take place on Thursday 21 November at City Hall will look at the issue of mental health and policing in the capital, and will be taking evidence from a range … Continue reading

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Shock at another service user from community’s death in police custody this week

The tragic news of the death of 39-year-old, Leon Briggs, who lost his life just hours after he was taken to Luton Police Station and detained under the Mental Health Act on this Monday caused widespread alarm at the way … Continue reading

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BMH UK launches campaign against black deaths in custody

Church leaders and health professionals have thrown their support behind human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK new campaign against black deaths in custody in a bid to bring an end to the over use of force and coercive … Continue reading

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Shock at RSM’s move to axe BME Health Committee without consultation

News that the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) have axed the Black and Ethnic Minority (BEM) Health Committee without sufficient consultation of its membership and the wishes of the current committee has been met with shock from across the community.

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National Conference Policing, Mental Health & Black Briton: Coercion or Care?

Minister of State for Health Norman Lamb MP, Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham MP, the Metropolitan Police’s lead for Mental Health Commander Christine Jones and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones will be  among the speakers at the first … Continue reading

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Concerns Policing and Mental Health Commission moves mislead the community

Concerns have been raised by human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK that calls to the community to engage in a consultation on policing and mental health may mislead people into believing that a concerted effort is being made … Continue reading

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Met Police commission on policing and mental health slammed as a ‘cosmetic exercise’

The exclusion of any agency which has worked in the area of deaths in custody and mental health, particularly from the UK’s African Caribbean communities where the deaths rates are highest, has led to accusations that the Mets new Commission … Continue reading

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Sean Rigg Lambeth Town Hall, public memorial event spotlights mental health and policing

A public memorial meeting to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of mental health service user, Sean Rigg, who lost his life in police custody in 2008, will be held at Lambeth Town Hall on Tuesday 21st August 2012 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Launch of The Solution magazine set to transform the public debate on mental healthcare

Care services Minister Paul Burstowe MP has endorsed a new digital magazine entitled ‘The Solution’, which is set to transform the debate on ethnicity and mental healthcare.

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