Launch of new BAME alliance in response to Covid-19

BAMEStream is a collective of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) practitioners, therapists, policy experts, activists and academics who specialise in the areas of mental health and therapy. Reported statistics show that BAME communities are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis; and as such, the group’s core purpose is to raise awareness and undertake impactful actions to address the urgent mental health and wellbeing needs of the UK’s BAME communities. The alliance will be developing a bespoke bereavement service and a single point of access for individuals and communities to access free counselling.

Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week, the first action from the alliance is the launch of a national survey in response to COVID-19 which can be found here.

This survey will map out and provide a snapshot of all of the Black, Asian and Minority mental health and wellbeing services in the UK and provide insight into how they are being impacted by COVID-19.  Ultimately, the findings will be used to support the development and delivery of mental health and wellbeing services to ensure that the needs of the BAME community are being met as a result of this COVID-19 pandemic and crisis.

Founding members of BAMEStream includes:

  • Helen George, Founder BME Voices Talk Mental Health      

  • Dr Yansie Rolston FRSA, The Ubele Initiative

  • Patrick Vernon OBE, social commentator and mental health campaigner

  • Baffour Ababio, Nafsiyat

  • David Weaver (Independent Chair, Coalition of Race Equality Organisations – CORE) and President of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano, Founder, Black & Asian Counselling Psychologists’ Group (BACPG) 

  • Eugene Ellis, Director, Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN)

  • Simone Harvey, Director at The Unmistakables

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