BMH UK’s The Solution Magazine issue 1 – Sept 2011

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.

Launched by the campaigns group Black Mental Health UK, this publication aims to mainstreams one of the most marginalised areas of healthcare.

Government figures show that in the past five years, forced detention and medication of people under the Mental Health Act has doubled for the UK’s African Caribbean communities. This new publication provides this community with easy to read updates, news and analysis on this issue, which are rarely publicly discussed outside of medical circles.

Also a vital resource for professionals working in this sector, The Solution magazine, for the first time provides insights and regular updates on the issues that are of critical concern for this community.

Reggie Reggie Sauce connoisseur Levi Roots has added his support to The Solution Magazine, highlighting the importance of diet in relation to mental health and wellbeing. Every month he will be sharing with The Solution readers his ‘fabulicous’ healthy menus with a Caribbean twist.

The editor of Britain’s only black newspaper, Steve Pope’s monthly column on ‘Why Mental Health Matters’, again mainstreams this area of health, which Department of Health data shows touch the lives of one in six people living in the UK.

The cover story of this inaugural issue features an exclusive interview with the UK’s first black Coroner, Chinyere Inyama. The firsthand account of what it has taken for this mental health lawyer and campaigner to attain this appointment gives an insight into what hard work and determination can achieve.

Archdeacon Daniel Kajumba speaks out on what the Church can do to address the mental health crisis in Britain’s black communities and consultant psychiatrist Dr Dele Oladije looks at the way forward in the post Delivering Race Equality era of mental health care.

Matilda MacAttram editor in chief of BMH UK’s The Solution magazine said; ‘From government policy to grass roots activism, BMH UK’s The Solution magazine covers it all. Our news, services users insights, poetry and updates legislative changes are set to reach a million new readers with the backing of BMH UK’s supporters.’

There isn’t anything out there right now that focuses’ solely at the issue of mental health from the view of this community. With so many black people in the system there is a need for easy to access information, just so they understand what is going on in this sector.

We not only want to plug a gap, The Solution magazine is also about helping to fulfil a need. People need to know how the Government’s legal aid reforms and changes in the Freedom of Protection Bill will affect them, and they can find it all here in this magazine,’

Click here to read The Solution Magazine online or visit homepage to access the magazine there.


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