It’s been a summer of winning accolades at Solent Mind. Success in our major tender for Psychological Therapies with partners Southern Health NHS Trust in July, was followed by our Level 3 award (the highest) from Mind’s new Quality Management system in August. Best of all perhaps was our colleague Semena’s Certificate of Appreciation from the Eastleigh Gurkha Nepali Association for her work with their community over the last few months.
We work hard at engaging with minority communities throughout Solent Mind. Mental health isn’t an easy concept to communicate in any culture, and mental health services are forever in danger of unintentionally excluding people from non-western cultures. That’s why Solent Mind has agreed to jointly host two seminars on Mental Health and the Qur’an this Autumn and next Spring, working in partnership with Southampton University and colleagues in 2 local NHS Trusts.
Nowadays community development skills are at the heart of mental health promotion. That’s true for Afifa Wardak’s work amongst Southampton’s minority communities, using adult educational resources to spread the message. It’s also true for Abby Crowe’s Heads Up project working with students. With campaigns like Time to Change having a national impact, and the work of local Minds and a host of other groups and charities at a local level, at last I think we’re making progress in talking about mental health and wellbeing. It’s a start at least.