Black Thrive is a partnership-based approach to deliver system change. Is not intended to offer a specific, singular response to the inequalities existing in the experience by black communities. The response designed has focussed on creating a platform that engages all stakeholders, facilitates dialogue and leads to action in the many different places it will be required.
Black Thrive will seek to address a number of systemic issues which has contributed to poor mental health outcomes for individuals from black communities to date. The partnership intends to take a ‘holistic’ approach to consider and draw on the experience, knowledge and expertise of people with different perspectives and professions. Black Thrive leverages and coordinates the existing resources in Lambeth to improve the way the entire system supports black communities and black service users.
The response is distinct from previous attempts to address the issue as it recognises both sides, the community and statutory partners, as integral and equal in development, governance and delivering change. Through the structure of the partnership Black Thrive seeks to effect change at both the strategic and operational levels.
The structure of the Black Thrive model includes the following elements:
Black Thrive's three areas of focus will include better prevention, improved access to appropriate services, and improved experience. Working Groups for each of these three areas will lead efforts to create a transformation in services and outcomes. There is a fourth group which centres its efforts on better prevention, improved access and experience as it relates to the needs of children and young people.
Working Groups harness the expertise of practitioners, users, carers and others across Lambeth to drive and monitor change within the system. They work in partnership with the Steering Committee and facilitating team, using information from the shared measurement system and their deep knowledge of the community, the system and mental health to ensure that Black Thrive achieves its vision.
Throughout 2017, Black Thrive Working Groups gathered together to identify a set of priorities for our work in 2018.
This Working Group is focused on the unique mental health and well-being needs of children and young people.
This Working Group is focused on improving the experience of black communities in mental health services.
This Working Group is focused on improving access to appropriate services.
This Working Group is focused on the prevention of mental ill health.