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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.

 

Channel 4 Dispatches programme looks police watchdog’s handling of racism complaints

16 June 2014

Ade_Adepitan_Disptaches_IPCC_investigation_of_racism_complaints_433x459_16-6-14By Zephaniah Samuels
Tonight's' Channel 4's Dispatches programme 'Secrets of the Police' will look at how the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) handles claims of racism. Paralympic medallist and TV presenter Ade Adepitan, who has been repeatedly been stopped himself will interview people who made complaints including Stuart Lawrence, brother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

 

IPCC investigation finds no evidence of police involvement in Demetre Fraser’s death

12 June 2014

Demetre_Fraser_-_headshot_-_21-year-old_death_in_custody_May_2011_182x191By Staff writer

In spite of the mother of Demetre Fraser raising a number of complaints with the IPCC after the tragic death of her 21-year-old son, the IPCC have concluded that it was a 'tragic accident and that it was reasonable to conclude that Mr Fraser fell from his balcony while either jumping or climbing from it.'

 

Watchdog publish update on service user Leon’s Briggs death after police restraint

08 June 2014

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By Ruth Dayspring

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has published an update on its investigation into the tragic death of father of two Leon Briggs, who lost his life in November 2013 after being restrained by police officers while in crisis and in urgent need of mental health care.

 

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.

 

John Fisher & ‘We Sing U Sing’ Summer music festival showcases Europe’s largest children’s choir

23 June 2014

We_Sing_U_Sing_logoBy Zephaniah Samuels
A 600 member children's gospel choir, believed to be the largest in Europe will be performing in this year's 'We Sing U Sing' Summer Song Gala gospel concert led by award winning musician John Fisher, with special guest performances from Jahmene Douglas and Liberty Scott at Fairfield Halls Croydon on Monday 30th June 2014 from 7:00-9.30pm.

 

Spark launch week long social justice festival in London

13 June 2014

The_Spark_Mon_16-_Sat_21_June_2014_358x380By Ruth Dayspring
Spark's social justice festival will run from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 June at St Peter's Community Hall, 56 Warner Place, E2, offering free workshops including sessions on 'Criminalising Black Communities' and Reparations with speakers from Stop Watch, The Newham Monitoring Project, Black Mental Health UK, The Pan Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe and the UK based Interim National Afrikan Peoples Parliament (iNAPP).

 

Equalities watchdog inquiry into deaths of people detained mental health settings should end preventable fatalities campaigners say

10 June 2014

ehrc_logoBy Staff writer
With people from the UK's African Caribbean communities continuing to be disproportionately over-represented among those who are detained under the Mental Health Act, today's announcement by the Equalities Commission into of a new inquiry into the non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions who die while detained by the state  is weclome. 

 

Concern new patients’ choice in mental health care may exclude black communities

08 June 2014

stethoscopeThe exemptions of detained patients in the new 'right to choose' in mental health care initiative pose the danger of excluding black Britons health campaigners warn, as although people from the UK's African Caribbean communities present early to their GPs for help, they are more likely to be turned away and then be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, when they reach crisis point.

 

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