Did you know…
- 1 in 4 Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) people who have struggled with their mental health keep their issues to themselves. Some believe that no-one will understand and so they suffer in silence.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, African-Caribbean people in the UK have lower rates of common mental disorders than other ethnic groups; however we are three to five times more likely than any other group to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital for severe mental illnesses.
Upon researching, I could feel my irritation rising at the minimal representation in BAME mental health and lifestyle bloggers. Having a frank conversation, understanding cultural differences is the first step in closing the diversity gap.
And so, BAME in Mind was born because we need to keep all aspects of the community in mind – Mental illness doesn’t discriminate…so why should we? With this blog I aim to create a space, covering mental health, wellbeing and self-care tips.