Understanding Racial Health Inequalities in Perinatal Mental Health and Enterprising Change - East of England Perinatal Mental Health Staff

East of England Perinatal Mental Health Services - Cultural Awareness Workshops

31st July 2023
10:00 - 12:00
Virtual – Microsoft Teams
Entry Fees

The Regional Mental Health Team NHS England – East of England is working in partnership with Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Groups to deliver interactive workshops to provide an introductory insight into the cultural barriers and adaptions that can be implemented when supporting and engaging with specific groups. This workshop will be delivered in partnership with Natasha Smith – Founder of consulting, early years, and parenting wellness business Eden’s Script Well-being which she established after the birth of her first child. Natasha’s experience of supporting parents navigating pregnancy and the challenges that come with early parenting gave her insight into the complex and overlapping needs of parents. This led to her involvement in NHSE’s Maternity Transformation Programme as a National Service User Representative on the Choice and Personalisation workstream. Natasha was also co-author for the Personalised Care e-learning module for the Royal College of General Practitioners and a panel member for the Birthrights Inquiry into Racial Injustice in the UK Maternity Services. She is also Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Health and Maternal Well-being Initiative, a community interest company based in the East Midlands which focuses on women’s health and well-being across the lifespan.

The session will discuss:

  • The background and sociohistorical context of racial health inequalities
  • Listening to women and understanding mental health in diverse groups
  • Reflecting on our understanding, attitudes and beliefs about conditions and treatment
  • Understanding and applying the cycle of community engagement, co-production and collaboration

Trainers will use power point presentation, visual materials and facilitate case studies discussions. Each trainee will receive a copy of relevant hand-outs for future reference.

What will you get out of it?

  • Develop an understanding of the ways in which ideas around culture and ethnicity interact with notions of mental health and accessibility to services.
  • To identify ways of working with and supporting women- in particular those from Black African, and African-Caribbean backgrounds.
  • To discuss and plan how to facilitate better accessibility and remove barriers to good mental health-care.

Audience: East of England Perinatal Mental Health Staff.

These workshops will not be recorded. CPD Certificates will be available for professionals that attend the session and complete the feedback survey.

If you have any queries please contact Rachel Heathcock, Project Manager, Equality in Healthcare, East of England LGA,

Email; [email protected]

Please contact Rachel Heathcock at [email protected] for more information about this workshop.

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