What is Black Thrive?

Since the 1950s Lambeth has been home to the UK’s biggest Black community with people of African and Caribbean origin making valuable and sustained contributions to cultural and economic life of the UK. Despite the successes, Lambeth continues to be a borough that is faced with growing socio-economic inequality which disproportionately affects and impacts Black African and Caribbean people. These inequalities affect the mental health and wellbeing of those who are impacted by them.

We here at Black Thrive take a holistic approach to addressing the causes of mental ill health. We believe social factors such as access to housing, education, employment and so on, can have an impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. In response to this, Black Thrive brings together Lambeth’s Black communities and service providers to reduce the inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services.

Black Thrive was set up to bring together everyone interested in addressing issues surrounding mental health for Black people to ensure that resources and programs are well coordinated, complementary and most importantly reflect the wishes and wants of the people affected by mental health inequalities. We’re a partnership between people, organisations, and public services which unites the energy and experience of us all to achieve real change.

Although Black Thrive does not provide services, we connect people and organisations and support these partnerships to achieve change in your community. We also work closely with the NHS, the local council, the police and the voluntary sector to make sure change happens within the centre of these institutions.

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The best way to keep up to date with what Black Thrive is achieving in the borough of Lambeth is to follow us on our social media platforms. We are on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

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