Breaking the Stigma

How are communities facing racial inequality addressing mental health challenges and what more can we do? A discussion & more with experts

Tuesday 23rd March, 7-8.30pm on Zoom

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Organised by the BAME Mental Health Collaborative this event has an amazing panel who will, we are sure, enlighten you and answer questions about what we can do to address the growing mental health challenges we face.

  • Tahira Hussain is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and national trainer specialising in mental health, safeguarding, equalities and domestic abuse. She has been an executive member of the BAME Network for 17 years since it was Focus BME and was a trustee for the Big Life Group and Central Action Women’s Aid. She previously worked in Economic Regeneration and for an Equality and Diversity Unit in the Social Housing Sector. She recently completed a second Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester to fulfil a long term personal goal
  •  Zulfi Jiva is Head of Cross Cutting Programmes at GM Health & Social Care Partnership. He has previously worked in project and programme management for Centrica, Oldham Council, the Association of GM Authorities, GM Academic Health Science Network and several NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Dr Tiffany Leung is a UK chartered counselling psychologist, coach and training provider. She works in the NHS (GMMH), specialising in forensic secure mental health. Dr Leung has over 8 years of counselling and clinical support for different client groups and settings and has been devoted to advocating support for Chinese mental health and wellbeing. She works with other organisations, such as the University of Manchester and Manchester Museum, on promoting Chinese wellbeing awareness and bridging between British and Chinese cultures. She is also an honorary lecturer in the University of Manchester, teaching intercultural public health
  • Dr Sandi Mann is a highly experienced Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire with over 15 years’ experience working in the NHS and private sector. She has a Doctorate in Psychology, Masters in Organisational Psychology, BSc in Psychology and Diploma in CBT, is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Accredited Member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland. Dr Mann’s specialisms include panic, phobias, anxiety conditions, OCD, PTSD and depression. She is author of 25 psychology books and appears regularly in the media as an expert psychologist. She is also columnist for the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) journal Counselling At Work and is an invited speaker at conferences across the UK
  • Dr Joseph Omofuma is a GP in Rochdale with special interest in mental and reproductive health. He is currently an executive director of the Rochdale Health Alliance where he is head of safeguarding and children/family services. He is also the CAHN Clinical Lead for Mental Health. He also enjoys motivational speaking, after being certified as an international John Maxwell coach, is passionate about educating communities and is involved in training of medical students at the University of Manchester.

Each speaker will give a short input on how the stigma of mental health affects communities experiencing racial inequality and what solutions they have seen work or propose should be tried.

This will be followed by 15 minutes in breakout rooms to generate key questions to be shared back with the meeting followed by a Q&A for the panel.