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BAMEStream

To tackle the growing mental health crisis in our communities, we incubated BAMEStream - an alliance of mental health practitioners, therapists, policy specialists, organisations, activists and academics, dedicated to bringing the mental health needs of Black and Minoritised communities into the mainstream. 

We carried out a survey to map mental health and wellbeing services for Black and racially minoritised people in the UK, working with the BAMEStream bereavement support service. Our key findings were:

Quotes from project contributors

I am 18 years old and a black transgender person as well as a new parent. Covid 19 has pushed back appointments to help me deal with my dysmorphia as a transgender person... It has been difficult to support my new family as the furlough pay, I’ve been getting just barely covers the cost of providing for my family. My mental health has dropped significantly... It made me feel very alone

— BAMEstream survey respondent

#UGiveHope Evening of Entertainment

This event series started when two young Black men who were struggling with suicidal thoughts reached out for help. They were signposted to crisis support and afterwards had the idea of providing light-hearted entertainment for anyone experiencing loneliness and isolation.

As a result, music, poetry, spoken word pieces magic and comedy have been performed by artists from around the world at online #UGiveHope events, with artists giving their time in the spirit of love and unity. It was meant to be a one-month initiative, but continued weekly for 18 months. The events were hosted by Brian Quavar, Mental Health Crisis Support Volunteer, Community activist, visual storyteller, photographer and an active partner of the JouvayFest Creative Collective. In the midst of personal grief, loss and anxiety, those in attendance spoke openly about the impact it had on them, and it created many, many moments of raucous laughter and built newfound friendships. Visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel to view the series. 


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