Home Secretary endorses BMH UK’s first print edition of The Solution Magazine

Home Secretary endorses BMH UK

Home Secretary Theresa May MP’s endorsement of Black Mental Health UK’s first print edition of The Solution Magazine, marks a breakthrough in the way the issues that we have been campaigning on for a number of years have been taken up by senior politicians.

Focusing on the theme of ‘Policing, Mental Health & black Briton’ this edition was launched at the recent joint high level Home Office and BMH UK summit on this issue.

Minister for Mental Health Norman Lamb MPs continuing support of this work in his message on mental health and black Briton in this edition also confirms that this issue can no longer be sidelined.

Our cover feature of Dr Joanna Bennett, key progenitor of the David ‘Rocky’ Bennett inquiry report shows that 10 years after she started campaigning, many key issue on the treatment of people from the community detained in mental health hospitals still need to be addressed.

In our law section Dr Leslie Thomas QC sets out the ‘problems with restraint’, we also have an exclusive feature on Taser, mental health and black Londoner’s.

This edition’s Editor’s Column looks at the changes that have been made following the first ever parliamentary debate on ‘black deaths in custody’ tabled by Charles Walker MP in December 2013. Read how Walker’s continues to be a driving force for positive change in the corridors of power on the issue mental health and the UK’s African Caribbean communities.

Angella Corinna and Jeremy Grant give voice to the voiceless on our poets’ page, while Chris De La Rosa of Caribbean Pot.com’s latest recipes on our menu’s page are guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds and get you cooking up a storm. Also the Black Cultural Archives and Narrative Eye sheds light on the historic contributions of the Diaspora.

Also our exclusive interview with former chair of the United Nations Working Group on People of African Descent, Prof Verene Shepherd and a run down on the UN General Assembly’s proclamation that 2015 marks the commencement of the Decade of People of African Descent are must reads.

Matilda MacAttram editor in chief of BMH UK’s The Solution Magazine said: ‘This 7th edition of BMH UK’s The Solution Magazine is essential reading for anyone working in the sectors of mental health, human rights and policing with an interest in how they relate to the Diaspora living in the UK.

The endorsement of our first print edition by Home Secretary Theresa May, is hugely significant, as it sends a message to the community that BMH UK’s concerns on the issue of policing and mental health, particularly as the relate to the use of Taser, police presence on wards and restraint among others are being taken on board at the highest levels of government.

Our bumper packed Dec/Nov edition provides hard hitting news and exclusive features on critical issues affecting the Diaspora from the UN General Assembly’s proclamation of the Decade for People of African Descent to a new report cancer screening and mental health by BMH UK & Cancer Black Care.

Health professionals and community activists as well as people who use the services will find our incisive coverage of what matters most to Briton’s black communities in this edition of The Solution Magazine essential reading.’

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