Working in collaboration with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM), these events are part of new initiative to inform the community about work has been done by the statutory agencies in the wake of the high profile Sean Rigg Inquest verdict.
These public events have been launched with the understanding that engagement with the communities over represented within this system is needed in order to bring about positive change.
Entitled Post Sean Rigg: What next? These events have been announced on World Mental Health Day as a way raising the profile of how people from this community are currently treated when in urgent need of mental health care.
Although psychically fit and healthy, Sean Rigg tragically lost his life just an hour after he was picked up by police from Brixton Police station while in urgent need of mental health care on the 21st August 2008.
The high profile coverage of this case has spotlighted how people from the UK’s African Caribbean communities are treated by statutory agencies when in urgent need of mental health care.
Now a series of three public seminars are inviting the views of people from across the community in order to ensure that such tragedies to not occur again. This forum also offers the opportunity of statutory agencies to update the community on what changes have been made since this case.
The first of these events is on Tuesday 16th October at 7.00pm to 9.00pm this public meeting which is free to attend will be in The Community Space, 2nd Floor, The Brix, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2. Nearest station: Briton underground on the Victoria Line.
Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK said: ‘World Mental Health Day offers the perfect opportunity to announce a BMH UK’s new series of public seminars, entitled Post Sean Rigg: What next? ‘
‘The first in the series of public meeting will be on Tuesday 16th October. It will be the first public forum where the community will hear directly from representatives from statutory agencies on what commitment has been made to ensure that what happened in the tragic case of Sean Rigg does not occur again.’
Marcia Rigg the sister of Sean Rigg and co-chair of the United Friends and Families Campaign (UFFC) said: ‘These events are vitally important for the community because the data shows that is people from this group who are most likely to lose their lives in this way. They need to be properly informed about what the statutory services are doing about these issues and the mental health service and the police need to hear from them about the changes that they want to see.’
Event: Post Sean Rigg – What Next: Mental Health and Policing
Date: Tuesday 16th October 2012
Time: 7.00- 9.00pm
Venue: The Community Space, 2nd floor, The Brix, St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2.
Nearest station: Briton underground on the Victoria Line.
No registration required.
Future events to be announced will look at Deaths in Custody and Restraint and Mental health.