Black History Month Resources
In celebration of Black History Month, we’ve compiled stories of inspirational Black disabled people today and throughout history. We have also included helpful organisations in the UK who can support Black children with complex needs, with a particular focus on mental health.
The conversation around Mental Health has improved over recent years and, partly as a consequence of the pandemic, people are much more aware of their needs. People are more conscious of their responses to social media and the news, and increasingly have access to tools to keep themselves safe, happy, and well during difficult times. This is particularly important with regards to Black mental health, especially with the increase in public discussion and awareness of racism.
According to Young Minds: ‘In the UK, Black British people are more likely to be diagnosed with psychosis, to encounter inpatient mental health services and to be detained under the Mental Health Act than white people’. It is important that such issues are discussed in the context of your mental health and wellbeing, and the wider issues across the world at the moment.
The resources below include inspirational stories and details on supporting Black children with complex needs. We hope they are a helpful starting point.
Discover stories of inspirational Black disabled people throughout history on respectability.org >>
Find influential Black women with disabilities to follow on social right now on disabilityhorizons.com >>
Read Nana Marfo’s experience of being Black and having a tracheostomy in the UK in The Independent >>
Focusing on children and young people in the care system, Become is a charity that works to uplift the voices of young Black people. They have some great signposting to books, tv programmes and resources about the Black experience in the UK. Visit their website to discover more >>
Services supporting Black children with complex needs
Young Minds have some great resources and support on Black mental health matters – visit their website to find out more >>
Boloh support Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children (11+), young people and parents and carers who have been affected by Covid-19. You can call to talk through issues like bereavement, physical or mental health, financial issues, unemployment, bullying and racism. You can speak to someone in a range of languages, including English, Gujarati, Urdu, Bengali, French, Spanish, Arabic, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Pothwari, Hinko, Hindi and Sundhi. Interpreters are available for other languages. Visit their website to find out more >>