Counselling for Ethnic Minorities (BAME)
Have you faced racial prejudice and discrimination?
Do you feel confused and that you are living two separate lives at times?
Do you sometimes feel that no-one understands you?
Does this lack of understanding leave you feeling lonely and isolated?
Do you speak a different language at home and English outside of your home?
How can we help…
We recognise that much work needs to be done to improve cultural competency within mental health services in the UK. We are committed to meeting this need through provision of our counselling for ethnic minorities service. It is inclusive of all people and communities. We pride ourselves on using culturally appropriate interventions so that people feel safe, heard and supported. During your assessment with us, we explore cultural and language barriers as well as factors such as religion, race, sexuality and affiliations to best support you.
The first of many barriers for BAME people wishing to access counselling in the UK is that of language. Many services lack interpreting, translating and literacy support, however we strive to create and retain a diverse counselling for ethic minorities team who speak, read and write many different languages.
Faith related needs are also recognised as being neglected in many mental health services within the UK. We acknowledge that people are made up of multiple identities which often overlap. For example identifying with different aspects of self such as; faith, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. We are committed to training our therapists to understand the nuances and challenges that these intersecting factors bring to ensure our support is appropriate and multifaceted.
Counselling for Ethnic Minorities – Adults
Factors impacting BAME Mental Health & Wellbeing
Racism & Discrimination
Social & Economic Inequalities
Mental Health Stigma
Criminal Justice System
Disability, Sexuality, Gender & Age
Counselling for Ethnic Minorities – Young People
Factors impacting BAME Young People and their Mental Health
- Many studies have found that BAME adults are more likely to experience ill health (Ethnicity and Health, 2007) and that they are at greater risk of mental health problems (A forward view of mental health, 2016). As a result of this, BAME adults are likely to have an unrecognised and unsupported health or mental health need. In these circumstances, the adult’s care often falls on other members of the family, including children. Young carers are 1.5 times more likely to come from BAME communities (Hidden View, 2013).
- A report conducted by the Education Policy Institute (2020) found that BAME young people were more likely to access anonymous support services, such as online counselling rather than mainstream mental health services. This report highlighted that the stigma and shame often impacts mental health issues in BAME young people.
- BAME people are subjected to involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation more often than other groups and this is particularly true of young black men who are often stereotyped as being ‘dangerous’ and ‘criminal’.
- Research has shown that BAME children and young people often face ‘adultification’ – the experience of being seen and treated as being older than they actually are. This perception of BAME children has led to them accessing less nurture, less protection, less support and more independence than their white contemporaries. Adultification often contributes to the development and maintenance of mental health difficulties in BAME children and young people.