BME Voices Talk Mental Health is on a mission…
Welcome to BME Voices Talk Mental Health. My name is Helen George and I am the founder of this new and exciting venture. The mission is to create platforms for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health therapists of all disciplines to share good practice and research, showcase their work and offer a different perspective – the BME perspective.
Where it all started
The seed for BME Voices Talk Mental Health was sown in October 2017 during Black History Month. I became aware that it wasn’t mentioned in the counselling and psychotherapy journal that I subscribe to. I did a bit of research and realised that it hadn’t been acknowledged in the magazine for the last 10 years. This made me start thinking about the need for BME therapists to have their own platforms so that we can acknowledge and share what we feel is important to us and the communities we serve.
I also started questioning as to where all the research is that BME therapists have conducted. I completed research for my Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and was fortunate enough to have it published as an article ‘You don’t talk your business to people’. If I didn’t have it published no one would have known about it and unfortunately this seems to be the case for many therapists. Another barrier is the lack of access to the counselling and psychotherapy journals where some research and articles are published.
Fast forward one year to October 2018 and BME Voices Talk Mental Health launched with a successful inaugural conference and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s flagship magazine ‘Therapy Today’ published a special edition ‘Black Matters – Race and Culture in Counselling’ of which I was proudly part of the editorial team. I was also honoured to have written an article for the special edition about an issue very close to my heart – The Windrush Generation. ‘You called and we came’.
The Vision for the future of BME Voices Talk Mental Health
- Raising the visibility of BME mental health therapists
- Creating spaces where we can engage with our communities
- Creating platforms where we can showcase our work
- Become more active and supportive in relation to BME social justice issues
- Collaborations with organisations and individuals who share the same vision
- Create our own legacy
I look forward to meeting you at one of our events.