Asian and Afro-Caribbean Men to Get Help Coping with Stress – 01/09/09

Young Asian and Afro-Caribbean men in Walsall are set to be given help coping with the mental stresses brought on by the recession.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) has organised an event to promote better mental health for black and minority ethnic (BME) men in the town. 

The ‘Getting on with it!’ event, which will target Walsall males aged 16 to 25, will see a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) worker help attendees learn coping strategies for anxiety, stress and depression.

Workshops will be held to help reduce stigma around mental ill health and to enable participants to improve their psychological well being.

Other activities on the day will include a DJ, poet and local artist, as well as information stalls for Walsall Primary Care Trust, Multimedia Arts Project, Walsall Youth Service, Vine Youth Training Agency, Walsall College and T3 Drug Service.

There will be incentives for attendees to visit every stall with the chance to win cinema tickets, gym passes and phone vouchers.

Paul Singh, DWMHPT’s Equality and Diversity lead, said the aim of the day was to introduce the idea of mental well being to young BME men in Walsall because the group was at an increased risk of suicide, self harm and mental illness.

“There is an over representation in Walsall of Asian and Afro-Caribbean men who are at a high risk of ending up in specialist mental health services,” he said.

“Unemployment plays a significant part in increasing stress and anxiety levels for young people. In every recession or times of high unemployment people from BME backgrounds are over represented in these figures.

“The Getting on with it event will target this vulnerable group to give ways of coping with the mental stresses some young men may experience if they feel they do not have direction or lack hope.” 

The event is set to take place at the MAP (Multimedia Arts Project) in Green Lane, Walsall, on Friday 11th September 2009, 5pm to 8pm.

BME men in Walsall who are aged between 16 and 25 who want to book a place on the event can contact David Williams, community development worker, on david.williams@dwmh.nhs.uk or by calling 07887797420.