We reflect the multi-cultural communities where we work. Twenty years’ experience has shown us that people from black, minority and ethnic backgrounds can require different support for their mental health needs. We have expertise in this field; in fact it was the original focus of our organisation when we began 20 years ago.
Today, we still provide a number of culturally specific services in the community. Our Fanon Resource Centres in Lambeth, Southwark and Merton provide activities designed to deliver practical skills and increase confidence, while SIMBA is a forum for the people who use our services to feed their views and experiences back into the process.
Our Somali community project, which operates in Brixton, has been especially successful in engaging this disenfranchised group of people with the wider community.
A service user from an Afro Carribean background initially spoke with their GP regarding their mental health issues and found it extremely difficult to communicate exactly how they were feeling. He felt it was due to the GP’s lack of understanding of the cultural aspect of their mental health problems. The GP was unaware of the sorts of support and resources available within that particular Black community so the service user did their own research and suggested places to the GP where he could be referred to – The Fanon Resource Centre being one of them.
Resource Centre Worker
Recovery: Hope and Choice
This film, produced by Fanon, part of Certitude, features people from black minority ethnic backgrounds who describe their experiences of the mental health services.
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