DATE: September 17th 2021
We publicly share our solidarity and recognise the ongoing issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Our organisation fully recognises the importance of taking a stand against racism. In this spirit we are open to learning, changing, growing and taking the time to work with colleagues and our community to make and support the changes that are needed.
We have worked for many years promoting meaningful change, knowing that meaningful action starts with a willingness to acknowledge that in mental health as in others areas of life, there are multiple disparities in the treatment and care for Black Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and individuals.
We will continually examine and address how we can meaningfully and usefully understand more about discrimination and the ongoing impact that it has on members of the BAME community in Cornwall.
Racism and discrimination breeds health inequalities impacting on our clients, so we are working to make sure that everyone experiencing mental health distress gets the support and respect they deserve.
Our guiding principle continues to be that; Equality of access alone cannot be the only aim, without the assurance of equality of care when accessing services and equality of outcome from using services.
Practicing and promoting anti-racist work involves more than just writing a statement.
We accept that delivering services with a pro-active anti-racist commitment will involve fundamental and ongoing change. We will continue forward in the collective struggle to acknowledge and eliminate any and all disparities faced by communities and individuals.
As part of our strategy, we are working to ensure that all of our projects and processes include an anti-racism review at all key stages.
We will strive honestly and openly to provide mental health support in a way that reflects and recognises the entirety of peoples lived experience of racism as an everyday reality.
We move forward with a renewed dedication to listen, learn, support and to champion BAME voices and influence at all levels.
We seek to understand and are willing to learn.
This is an organisational approach that includes our team of Community Development Workers (CDW’s) proudly hosted and embedded in our organisation as a direct result of the findings from the Delivering ‘Race’ Equality in mental health report.
If you feel that you need to talk to someone urgently then please call the 24/7 Cornwall mental health helpline on 0800 0385 300. You can call for free, any time of day or night, if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health. The team behind the 24/7 telephone service will listen to you and determine how best to help. Alternatively, please call the Samaritans on 116 123.