Mental Health Equality

Mental Health Equality

On the theme of Mental Health Equality HEAR is supporting members to improve the commissioning and delivery of services that reflect the intersectional needs of Londoners and reduces mental health inequalities.

HEAR members said it was important that HEAR’s Mental Health Equality work:

  • Influences Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and other organisations with statutory responsibilities to include specific commitments that reflect the mental health support needs of their local community (in Equality Objectives, EDS, procurement processes etc.,)
  • Highlights the importance of commissioning and designing services that reflect intersecting inequalities when providing services for people with mental health service needs in all their diversity
  • Highlight that inequality in mental health provision is a pan-equality issue and therefore a core inequality to be addressed by health commissioning

What HEAR is doing to meet the task
HEAR hosts a Mental Health Equality Conference

HEARs Mental Health Equality Conference brought together front-line providers, Experts by Experience, health rights projects and statutory decision makers to present how human rights and mental health equality fit together.

Peer learning events
HEAR will run a series of peer learning events on using statutory obligations and rights law to improve commissioning and delivery for Mental Health Equality and build campaigning and lobbying skills in members.

Collecting good practice
HEAR will collect and collate examples of good practice of how involving users, adapting Equality Objectives, joint commissioning etc., improve commissioning and delivery for Mental Health Equality thereby helping statutory meet their obligations as well as reduce admissions and costs.

Support members’ campaigns for Mental Health Equality
All over London HEAR members are challenging poor decisions and lobbying for Mental Health services that reflect communities’ needs. HEAR will support members’ local campaigns through connecting members with allies in other boroughs and beyond and with other HEAR members with expertise on campaigning, communications and lobbying tactics. HEAR will work with ROTA and their partners in West London supporting their campaign in Harrow and developing this as an example for members elsewhere in London.
Tuesday 22nd May, 10:00 – 12:00
ROTA, Healthy Lives, Healthy Minds and HEAR campaigning for BAMER Mental Health Equality

The third meeting in West London to campaign for improvements in commissioning and delivery of services for BAMER people with Mental Health Support Needs. Meeting at the Centre for Armenian Information & Advice, 105A Mill Hill Road, W3 8JF. Please join us to support or contribute to the campaign. Contact Mhairi to book a place or for more details.

Events and happenings

#MentalHealth4All #HardlyHardToReach Campaign
A series of three events in West London with ROTA and others led to the co-production of an open letter and start of a campaign to improve mental health commissioning for BAMER communities.
Campaigners want to remind statutory providers that they have a duty to combat health inequalities and commission appropriately. They also want it known that BAMER people, and other marginalised communities, are #HardlyHardToReach if you engage with user-led, front-line, local community organisations with the knowledge and trust of those people.
The campaign is building so please get involved. To learn more about the open letter, see our HEAR solidarity page or get in touch with Mhairi.


HEAR invites you to a conference:
Mental Health Equality in London
Monday 4th December 2017, (arrivals 10am), 10.30am-4pm
Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, Bloomsbury. W1T 6AQ.

HEAR is holding a FREE all day conference to help VCS, the NHS, Local Authorities and other stakeholders improve commissioning for people with Mental Health Support Needs in London.

Presentations from HEAR members that are already working with intersectional and excluded Londoners to improve mental health, will enlighten and inspire attendees. Interactive workshops will co-produce strategies to improve Mental Health commissioning in London and help statutory partners meet their obligations to safeguarding and reducing health inequalities.

This FREE all day conference is open to charities and community organisations, CCGs, MHTs, Public Health and frontline clinical and social workers, Experts by Experience and campaigners.

Speakers include British Institute of Human Rights, MIND in Harrow, Race on the Agenda and the National Survivor User Network.

Attendees must be able to come for the entire day.
Lunch, refreshments and reasonable adjustments will be provided. For information or to book your place please email HEARcampaigns@reap.org.uk with your name, organisation, and any access or dietary needs.

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