Due to the maturity of our MH governance in GM we have been able to fast track support into our BAME communities to effectively respond to the Covid-19 pandemic Significant levels of funding and system facilitation were provided to ensure extensive services were made available to all our BAME communities in GM.
The work being undertaken by the six commissioned BAME organisations is summarised below:
Jewish Action for Mental Health. There have been over twice as many deaths in the Jewish community from COVID-19 than the general population. Jewish Action for Mental Health (JAMH) and Greater Manchester Neshomo have joined forces in response to the pandemic to provide a one-stop shop for mental health needs across the Jewish community. The holistic service offers befriending, mentoring, counselling and therapy both over the internet and, as we progress, face-to-face. They’re also providing Zoom art therapy workshops, group mindfulness sessions, a peer support group for clients and peer group facilitation training. They’ll continue to facilitate their Jewish community professionals’ monthly meeting on Zoom, supporting agencies with specific cases. To get in touch, please contact us on our helpline 07510 204 844 Email: [email protected] or visit www.jamh.org.uk
Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN). CAHN’s Emotional and Wellbeing Support Service have seen increased demand from people with mental health issues in their community. Their Black Caribbean and African counsellors are responding to anxiety, stress, and other forms of emotional turmoil. They offer practical support, befriending and one-to-one counselling therapy sessions in English and French over the phone and Zoom. They’re also raising awareness of mental health via their weekly Health Hour on Saturday morning via zoom to help members of their community talk about mental wellbeing as a way of combating the stigma. If you have been affected by COVID-19 or you have any worries or concerns, they are here to listen. Contact: [email protected]
Yaran North West. Yaran Northwest established as a not-for-profit organisation to provide a variety of services to meet the needs of vulnerable adults, new immigrants, families and couples from Middle Eastern background in Greater Manchester who need urgent help with counselling, advocacy, recovery and wellbeing. The support is provided by bilingual accredited mental health practitioners and bilingual befriending mentors who provide online befriending and mentoring sessions. http://www.yarannorthwest.com/
East meets West is a project run by a team of Chinese counsellors and psychotherapists. The project aims to: Provide cultural appropriate counselling and psychotherapy to Chinese people; Overcome language barriers and enable clients to use their preferred language to gain access to therapies. By doing so, they offer group therapy and one to one support to clients over 18 years old, living in Greater Manchester who prefer using Cantonese or Mandarin in communication with therapists. For further information or referral please contact [email protected] / https://www.waiyin.org.uk/
BAME Holistic Mental Health. The impact of COVID 19 has been significant and disproportionate for BAME communities across the country and we know that this is mirrored across Greater Manchester. BAME Holistic Mental Health are part of a collaborative that has responded to the mental health and wellbeing needs of BAME communities as a consequence of this impact.
As part of this collaborative Manchester BME Network CIC has brought together a number of local providers to deliver a holistic support service for South Asian communities across Greater Manchester. Partners include: the Pakistani resource centre; Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation; Women’s Voices; Goldmark Training; 4DE Consulting. The collaborative will deliver one to one counselling support, intensive counselling/therapy, webinars, befriending ,signposting and chai and chat conversations. They’re also offering support in several languages including Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Bangla. https://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/black-minority-and-ethnic-network-page
For further details and referrals please contact [email protected]
Training and Support for Services and Exiles (TS4SE). TS4SE Cooperative works with refugee and migrant community groups and local community groups that want to improve how they work with their diverse local populations. They’re working with three refugee-led community organisations to mobilise volunteers within their communities. We’ll be working with the Manchester Congolese Organisation (MaCO); the Eritrean Community Association and Rethink Rebuild (Syrian community) to train volunteers to help tackle loneliness and isolation and to ensure that some of the most marginalised and underserved communities in GM have access to clear, up-to-date guidance and support. http://ts4se.org.uk/training-consultancy.html