Welcome to a brief update of my BAME carers forum for the boroughs of Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich. The focus is one of the 6 carer forums that focuses on discussions, awareness and campaigns regarding unpaid carers from an ethnic background specifically caring for a ‘loved one’ suffering mental ill health. Forum members do not have to have someone using the services, it could be they are caring for someone who might not be using the services of South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation trust or Oxleas NHS trust.
The BAME mental health carer forum update for July had the following speakers to engage with carers, although not in order.
- Lola Jaye (psychothearapist, author, speaker) – Why race matters when it comes to mental health
- Emma Wakeman (St Andrew’s Healthcare)- on The Missing Voices: Carers’ Experiences of Section 17 Leave (Mental Health Act 1983)
- Kuldip Kaur Kang (West midlands trust) – on Religious and cultural needs of BAME mental health inpatients request
- Rachel Nethercott – Carers UK focus on diversity unpaid carers
- Leonie Down (SLaM Lewisham Head of Occupational Therapy and Partnerships Lead ) – Update on Patient Carer Race Equality framework
- Dominic Parsons – Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind on their diversity initiatives.
- Professor Shirin Rai from Warwick University – On the Impact of covid-19 on bame carers
Judging by the speakers, you can see the BAME carers forum is held online and is also attended by mental health NHS trust staff working to understand the issues that affect ethnic unpaid carers and patients.Continue reading