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Here are the resources we found for cultural differences for parents and families:
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What More is There to Say about LGBTQ Issues? – Suriya Aisha
(Featured resource)Facing the throwaway comment that ‘you can’t be black and queer’, Suriya Aisha (who is from Birmingham) saw nobody visibly living in the intersection that she found herself in. In this talk she examines how our culture interacts with our identity, and how we can create spaces for people to being 100% of themselves to the table; allowing them to be whole again.
Black History Month 2018: Vital speaks to HeadStart mini Ambassadors
(Featured resource)For Black History Month 2018, young people from HeadStart Wolverhampton spoke to local grime artist and performer Vital about his experiences growing up as a black young person in the city. Vital speaks with great eloquence about his appreciation for his heritage and experiences of racism.
Race and Ethnicity Impacts Mental Health
A brilliant short 6 minute video highlighting the difficulty young ethnic people have showing and dealing with depression, OCD, anxiety and other mental health problems. Persistent stereotypes that Black males are supposed to be strong, and black women are strong and crazy clearly do not help.
Common Concerns about Mental Health
Many people have similar concerns about what is meant by ‘mental health’ and there is often considerable stigma about seeking support. This video addresses some of these concerns with input from religious leaders and healthcare professionals. This video uses the Bengali/Sylheti language with English subtitles to open up the conversation to as many people as possible.
(Featured resource)The Engage toolkit support black and minority ethnic young people who are young carers, and their families. The Engage toolkit brings together information, resources and links to help develop and implement best policy and practice for services to support black and minority ethnic young carers and their families.
Muslim Women’s Network UK
Muslim Women’s Network UK is the only national Muslim women’s organisation in Britain. They are a small national charity and work to improve the social justice and equality for Muslim women and girls. Their membership also includes women of other faiths who support our work.
Course / Event
ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.
Mental health in the Punjabi community with Shuranjeet Singh, Taraki.uk
In this episode of the HeadStart podcast, HeadStart speak to Shuranjeet Singh. Shuranjeet is a mental health advocate and campaigner, and the founder of Taraki, a service which works with the Punjabi community, and especially with men in that community, to break down the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and to put members of the that community in touch with the support they need.
Mental health in Black African communities with Deanson Senda
Deanson is one of HeadStart Wolverhampton’s School Support Coordinators, was born in Zimbabwe, and has studied and worked in mental health in several African countries before moving to the UK and Wolverhampton. In this podcast conversation he discusses a wide range of topics, including: perceptions of mental health in Black African communities, and the impact of racism on mental health.
In conversation with Zohra Khaku, Director of the Muslim Youth Helpline
A conversation with Zohra Khaku. Zohra is the Director of the Muslim Youth Helpline, a national award-winning charity helpline that provides free and confidential faith and culturally sensitive support services to young Muslims around the UK.
Black and Ethnic Minority Groups and Mental Health
This resource weaves together different strands of practice in a unique fashion and ties in with other resources. It highlights and signposts varying elements of mental health issues for varying groups including Black and Ethnic Minority young people.
Helping Your Child Celebrate Their Cultural Background
One wonderful thing about the modern world is the diverse cultural background many of us enjoy. Take a moment to reflect on your family background and what holds you together. Character traits, physical features, ethnicity, interests and more, all come together to make your family unique.