The only magazine of it’s kind with a focus on the African Caribbean experience of mental health services, BMH UK’s The Solution magazine been endorsed by Care Services Minister Paul Burstow MP and leading church figure Archdeacon Daniel Kajumba.
This new digital magazine, which can be downloaded free from Black Mental Health UK’s homepage, is set to change public perception about mental illness within the Britain’s black communities.
Today’s Five Alive show on the launch of The Solution Magazine is from 5.00-600 pm on Thursday 29 September, presented by Norma Irhuebor Revelation TV on Freesat channel 692 and Sky channel 581.
Bringing this critical message to Briton’s Christian audience guest speaker Matilda MacAttram will talk about how this new online publication provides church members with the information it needs to be up to date on an issue that is very rarely discussed outside medical circles.
The UK based Christian television channel has chosen to discuss the launch of this new magazine in support of Black Mental Health UK’s work in raising awareness about the disturbing increasing in the numbers of black patients detained in psychiatric units up and down the country.
Government figures show that detention rates under the Mental Health Act have doubled for black people over the past five years while falling for every other ethnic group.
Matilda MacAttram editor in chief of BMH UK’s The Solution Magazine said ‘There isn’t anything out there right now that focuses’ solely on 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.
From government policy to grass roots activism, BMH UK’s The Solution magazine covers it all.
When people become aware then they can begin to support many of those who have been left, locked up for decades on mental health wards believing that the world doesn’t care.’
Norma Irhuebor presenter at Revelation TV said: ‘I thought it would be good to do a show on the launch of The Solution magazine to raise awareness of this new resource, so that church members can read it and then see how they can get involved.
I feel that the church has a responsibility to look after God’s people and every human being belongs to God. People from African Caribbean communities are more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, but this is not talked about and if we don’t talk about this situation then we aren’t going to find a way to resolve it.’
Archdeacon Daniel Kajumba chair of the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) said in an exclusive interview with The Solution Magazine: ‘this area is of interest to me, primarily because it’s an issue of justice and fairness.
It seems to me that many black men in particular have found themselves in the mental health ‘industry’ because of discrimination and lack of understanding of the symptoms they present with.’