The current issue
The Black mental health experience is Lambeth is characterised by great amounts of overrepresentation and inequity. Many Black people have cited racial injustice, exclusion and discrimination as being one of the main contributors to poor mental health outcomes within the community. This inequity can be felt even more acutely by Lambeth’s Black LGBT+ communities who face adversity not only because of their ethnicity but also because of their sexuality and/or gender expression.
The Black Thrive response
Black Thrive worked with the National LGB&T Partnership and Lambeth Council to identify the challenges and barriers faced by Lambeth’s LGBT+ communities when it comes to achieving or maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing and produce a best practice toolkit for organisations.
A Whole Systems Approach to Tackling Inequalities in Health for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) People toolkit provides Black Thrive with a framework and recommendations by which it can better address the inequalities faced by this community. Based on these recommendations Black Thrive has developed core program areas aimed at addressing the system wide inequalities faced by Black LGBT+ people in Lambeth and by;
- Creating safe spaces for Black LGBT+ communities within Black Thrive – these safe spaces allow Black LGBTQ+ communities the space to meet, discuss and implement ideas to address mental health inequalities
- Developing a T LGBTQ+ community researchers program, to engage Lambeth’s Black LGBT+ communities to learn more about our work and to influence Black Thrive’s agenda ensuring our work is intersectional and representative of the diversity of Lambeth’s Black communities
- Increasing and celebrating Black LGBTQ+ visibility across all areas of Black Thrive’s work
How to get involved in our work
You can get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] to find out more information about:
- Getting involved in a working group
- Black Thrive Community Researchers Project
- We have produced a range of resources previous work includes:
- A Whole Systems Approach to Tackling Inequalities in Health for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) People Toolkit
- Event report: Delicious Deliberations- Is being Black and Queer Bad for your Health
- Celebrating LGBT+ voices – you can find a collection of our posters in our resources section
- Watch: Celebrating Lambeth’s Black LGBTQ+ voices. Local hero Ashley, long-time Lambeth resident shared what she believes we need to have in place to create an inclusive society. To find out what she said, and to find out more from Lambeth’s Black LGBTQ+ heroes, check out Black Thrive’s YouTube channel –
Black Thrive’s Victoria Cabral teams up with Black Out to deliver a discussion on LGBTQ+ people in the black community and negativity they sometimes face.
February 2020 saw Black create a series of E Info cards (Twitter) which celebrated people from the black community who worked on making the LGBTQ+ community more visible.
Black Thrive works hard to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. We film people who are willing to talk about their experience in an effort to keep the important conversation going.
Tell us your story
Throughout 2020 Black Thrive will be increasing the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community in Lambeth. If you would like to contribute to the work please get in touch by emailing [email protected]