ROTA, together with Black, Asian and Minority, Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) community organisations in West London and the HEAR Network have worked together to co-produce a mental health equality campaign.
In the open letter ROTA calls on all local Councillors, as well as the VCS and individual campaigners, to commit to the six action points that have been co-authored by Experts by Experience, user-led Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and BAMER organisations.
ROTA have garnered support from over 70 including newly elected councillors in a number of London boroughs. In Richmond the letter will be discussed in cabinet, a Barnet Cllr is putting the commitments forward as a motion, two Hounslow cllrs support our demands, and elected representatives in Tower Hamlets are interested in discussing how to take the work forward in East London.
We think that these commitments will lead to improved design, commissioning and delivery of mental health services for BAMER communities and, therefore, reduce mental health inequality and are summarised below:
- Highlighting the need to provide appropriate, sustainable services for my BAMER constituents…
- Addressing the multiple forms of marginalisation faced by BAMER services users…
- Holding … statutory colleagues, in the Local Authority and NHS, to account for meeting their duties under the Equality Act (2010) and the Statutory Public Sector Equality Duty (2011)…
- Championing the specialist, holistic services provided by local, user and community-led Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) for BAMER people with mental health support needs…
- Always reminding stakeholders that my BAMER constituents are not from ‘hard to reach communities’ and that genuine outreach and engagement will overcome structural barriers and unconscious bias.
- Ensuring Experts by Experience are involved in all stages of mental health service procurement, delivery pathways and mental health policy…
We ask you to support our campaign by:
- Signing up to the open letter electronically
2. Emailing or mailing the open letter to local candidates in your borough and use it in your conversations with them
3. Using Social Media to ask local parties, local candidates, local authorities, NHS (CCG’s and Mental Health Trusts) and other mental health stakeholders to commit to mental health equality, using the following hashtags: #MHEquality #MentalHealth4All #HardlyHardToReach
4. Sharing the open letter with your network
You can find the open letter here: https://www.rota.org.uk/content/mental-health-equality-bamer-communities-london
To find out more or to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org