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Date set for Kingsley Burrell-Brown Inquest four years after his death

29 August 2014

family_of_Kingley_Burrell_will_be_holding_a_public_support_meeting_on_Saturday_21st_July_6-8pmBy Zephaniah Samuels
The preliminary inquest hearing into the death of Kingsley Burrell-Brown, a physically healthy father-of-three who died after he was violently restrained by police while in the care of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2011, will be held in November and a full three week inquest is scheduled to begin on February 9, 2015, at Birmingham Coroners Court.

 

Mental Health Act Code of Practice review of critical importance to black Briton

14 August 2014

MH_Act_code_of_practice_review_web_pageBy Ruth Dayspring
The disproportionate numbers of people from the UK's African Caribbean communities who continue to be subject to detention under the Mental Health Act, even though there isn't a higher prevalence of mental illness amongst this group, makes the Department of Health's current review of Mental Health Act Code of Practice of critical importance to black Briton.

 

The National Association of Black Supplementary Schools Week 2014 focuses on health and nutrition

07 August 2014

NABSS_flyer_2014By Staff writer
This year's National Association of Black Supplementary Schools (NBSS) week, running from Monday August 18th - Sunday 24th August, in Room G16, Ground Floor, Birkbeck University, Malet street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX is offering free afternoon and evening sessions including a workshop facilitated by BMH UK on mental health and black Briton.

 

New study show targeted cancer screening for mental health patients essential for saving lives

04 August 2014

CBC__BMH_UK_report_launch_-_name_badge_439x338_By Ruth Dayspring
Black Mental Health UK in collaboration with Cancer Black Care have published a new study on access to cancer screening for people from the capital's African Caribbean communities living with a diagnosis of mental illness, which shows that engaging with the black voluntary sector is essential for improving outcomes for this patient group.

 

BMH UK to give evidence to parliamentary inquiry on policing and mental health

01 July 2014

House_of_parliament_2Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee will hear evidence from Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) today, Tuesday 1 July 2014 at 2.45 pm in the Thatcher Room Portcullis House. Their concerns about the lethal levels of force black patients are subject to at the hands of the police both while in custody and when detained on mental health wards will be among the issues discussed.

 

Church community shocked at riot police dawn raid on elderly pastors home

28 August 2014

Hyacinth_BrownBy Ruth Dayspring
Church leaders from the UK's African Caribbean communities have voiced shock at the news of an early morning police raid on the home of elder pastor, where they stormed her bedroom at 8.00 am, resulting in the 79-year-old suffering a heart attack, during an operation where they have admitted that no drugs were found or arrests made.

 

New campaign to create strong black British economy launched

13 August 2014

My_Black_Market_logoBy Zephaniah Samuels
A new campaign set up to create a forum that brings together black and mixed raced business owners has been launched by the organisation 'My Black Market', with the aim of building a commercial network where businesses owners from across the Diaspora living in the UK can form a strong and vibrant black economy.

 

CPS to prosecute firearms office who shot Azelle Rodney for murder

05 August 2014

Azelle_Rodney_was_shot_by_armed_police_officersBy Zephaniah Samuels
The Crown Prosecution Service's decision to prosecute the firearms officer, who shot dead Azelle Rodney on 30 April 2005, for murder has led to armed police threatening to down guns and walk out over the charge, however both developments have been welcomed across the community who are hoping this lastest move will lead to justice for the Azelle family.

 

Community engagement event in Luton on review of police mental health powers

02 July 2014

P_and_MH_imagesBy Zephaniah Samuels
The first of two community engagement events organised by human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK on the Governments review of the operation of Section 135 and 136 Mental Health Act will be held in Luton this evening with stakeholders from across city's African Caribbean communities giving firsthand insights into how these police powers need to be reformed.

 

Alarm at another death in police custody this week

25 June 2014

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By Staff writer
News of the death of a man at Uxbridge police station this week, on Tuesday 24 June, has caused alarm across the community, particulary among professionals working with people who use mental health services from the UK's African Caribbean communities and has again raised questions over the efficacy of  the highly publicised the improvements that police say have been made in the way that people are treated in custody.

 

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