New report recommends action to support bereaved BAME communities | Cruse Bereavement Care

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A new report from BAMEStream has mapped the mental health services available to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, and highlighted a lack of culturally appropriate mainstream services available to communities who have been disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cruse Chief Executive Steven Wibberley was one of the speakers at the launch of the report, which highlights the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The survey is intended as the first step in determining appropriate and effective action to address the urgent mental health and wellbeing needs of the BAME communities. The findings of the survey can be used to support the development and delivery of mental health and wellbeing services to ensure that the needs of the BAME community are being met during and after the COVID19 pandemic and crisis.

BAMEStream said:

“COVID-19 has further highlighted the inequalities in mental health services as reflected in this survey, especially around bereavement support and mental health wellbeing services in general. From the studies, reviews and reports cited in this report, it has been shown that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are less likely to access mainstream services, which means that the need for a culturally responsive bereavement support service is critical, and paramount to supporting their future well-being and mental health” Helen George, Dr Yansie Rolston, Patrick Vernon, OBE

Cruse Chief Executive Steven Wibberley said: 

“We welcome this important report and its recommendations. We have seen the awful toll Covid-19 is having on people from BAME communities. Bereavement support organisations must adapt and change to meet this need.”

BAMEStream is a new alliance of practitioners, therapists, policy specialists, organisations, activists and academia who specialise in the areas of mental health and wellbeing and whose core purpose is to bring the mental health needs of the community into the mainstream.