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23 August 2022

A coproduced approach to tracking young Black men’s experiences of community wellbeing and mental health programmes

Androulla Harris, Alex Augustine and Lorraine Khan

Young Black men are less likely to access community-based mental health support, but are overrepresented in restrictive mental health settings.

Yet there are few culturally relevant tools focusing on young Black men’s mental health outcomes. Using approaches that lack cultural sensitivity limit services’ ability to know whether they are working well, and can lead to mistrust and disengagement.

Funded by Mind, Centre for Mental Health has designed a new, culturally informed approach to monitoring young Black men’s outcomes for accessing wellbeing support. It was coproduced with young Black men to identify what impact a service has on their mental health and wellbeing.

We are calling on community wellbeing and mental health programmes to pilot the tool, to help us determine its effectiveness.

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