Although we are pleased with having comparatively good recovery rates for treatment- as previously mentioned, these are still not equitable with the general population, and we need to improve our ethnicity coding.
The London Borough of Hackney have instigated an accountability board, chaired by a member of the young black men’s project. This will have a responsibility to hold all system members to account in our work on reducing inequality and improving outcomes for ethnic minority groups.
The Improving Outcomes for Young Black Men (YBM) programme and partnership involves residents with lived experience and particularly young Black men in a community accountability board that provides challenge and steer to the programme of work which includes a significant strand on addressing mental health issues. The board brings together residents with service leads in a collaborative venture to ensure that the work reflects and is informed by the experience and understanding of community members.
The YBM programme has supported young people’s shift from seeing themselves as participants in the Partnership to drivers of change within it, increasing representation at YBM Partnership Meetings and Mental Health Workstream meetings and supporting young people to lead on delivering change. For example, two young people delivered a workshop at a Mental Health event at Homerton Hospital.
Six youth leaders participated in a Public Health workshop for the whole public health team and key integrated commissioning workstream leads, in which priorities for future work were identified. Young people have been co-facilitating mindfulness sessions at Youth Clubs and also played a key role in setting up the Pembury Cool Down Café, a peer led mental health crisis drop in centre for young people.