Changing Our Lives are looking for people from minority ethnic communities living in Sandwell to talk to them about how COVID-19 has affected their mental health.
Changing Our Lives are a rights-based organisation working with communities to find solutions to injustice and inequality. Every year their Sandwell Mental Health People’s Parliament speaks to 100 people in Sandwell about what mental health means to them, how they keep mentally healthy and what happens when they experience mental health difficulties. This is called the ‘State of Sandwell’. Anonymised findings from the State of Sandwell are used to push for better access to mental health support in Sandwell.
Everyone has times of good mental health or times when we struggle. For the State of Sandwell, Changing our Lives don’t just want to speak to people who identify as having mental health difficulties. They want to speak to people from all walks of life.
This year, Changing our Lives are talking to people from minority ethnic communities about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. This is because studies have shown that some minority ethnic communities in the UK are less able to access mental health support, and some minority ethnic communities in the UK have been hit hardest by COVID-19 and the effects of the national lockdown.
If you are from a minority ethnic community in Sandwell and you want to talk to Changing our Lives, please get in touch. All conversations are held in complete confidence, over the phone or video chat, at a time to suit you. It takes around 30 minutes to complete.