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BMH UK host joint community consultation event with DH on review of the Code of Practice

16 September 2014

BMH_UK__DH_CoP_papersBy Staff writer
Human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK is hosting a joint community engagement consultation event with the Department of Health this week at Family Health Isis, London's oldest surviving black led mental health service on proposed changes to the Code of Practice of the Mental Health Act, giving people from the community a chance to have their say on this review.

 

London Minority Ethnic Elder’s Conference focuses on cancer screening

02 September 2014

Age_uk_-_BME_eldersBy Staff writer
This year's London's Minority Ethnic Elder's Conference will focus on the theme of cancer screening, with keynote speaker BMH UK's director Matilda MacAttram presenting the findings from the human rights campaigns group new report published in collaboration with Cancer Black Care on improving screening access for those in the community living with a diagnosis of mental illness.

 

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.

 

Judicial review hearing of PC Andrew Birks, officer involved in Sean Rigg restraint

16 September 2014

Sean_Rigg_304X171By Zephaniah Samuels
A call has gone out to support the Rigg family by attending Court 18, the High Court at 10.30 am, on Wednesday 16 September where PC Andrew Birks will be judicial reviewing the Met's decision to reverse their acceptance of his resignation ahead of an official inquiry into his involvement into the restraint of Sean Rigg, who died in police custody in 2008.

 

Campaign to stop 'racist zoo exhibition of barbarism' at the Barbican

02 September 2014

Boycott_barbric_human_zooA campaign calling for the withdrawal of the racist exhibition entitled 'Exhibit B – The Human Zoo', curated by white south African Brett Bailey, displaying people of African descent bound in shackles, chains and locked in cages, scheduled to be displayed at the Barbican from 23-27th September, has been slammed as barbaric wherever it has been exhibited by anti-racists and secured 13,385 signatures against it being shown in London.

 

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.

 

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