Keynote: A looming crisis - how to take action to stop the mental health crisis from blighting Black lives long-term
We are all facing a mental health emergency, but the truth is that a disproportionate impact of the pandemic has fallen on Black shoulders. As well as financial stresses and fears of unemployment, there is the added pressure of being the 'voice of diversity'; of teaching colleagues and friends to be ‘better allies’. It’s a lethal combination. Black Minds Matter ensures that Black people are put at the forefront of mental health support. While BMMuk is partly achieving this through its fundraising drive, the organisation also attempts to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health in the community, and to break down existing stereotypes. In this talk, their founder, Agnes Mwakatuma, will share insight into the work they’re doing and how business leaders can create safe, inclusive spaces for Black colleagues to ensure they get the support they need.