Listen: Is Being Black and Queer bad for your health? The Report back



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In August we were pleased to work with Black Thrive to host the first in our series of Delicious Deliberations, where we gather Black LGBTQI people to break bread and share in conversations that matter, about our past, present and future.

Black Thrive are the innovative partnership for Black mental health and well-being in Lambeth, South London. Our deliberations focused on whether being Black and queer in  is bad for your health. Aided by the research undertaken during the ground-breaking work commissioned by Public Health England in Lambeth on ‘whole systems approaches‘ to LGBT health we had a full house engaged in debate, sharing and learning.

To inform our discussion, we invited an expert panel (above) with lived and/or professional experience of working with public services to address our mental health and well-being.

  • Dr Ronke Ikharia, A&E Doctor and TV Presenter
  • Ellis Johnson, Counsellor, Spectra
  • Richie Brave, Mental Health Activist, Presenter
  • Victoria Cabral, Black Thrive
  • David Orekoya, Health Improvement Lead, Lambeth Council

You can listen in to the discussion here:

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Participants discussed their responses to the ideas raised by the panel over a meal. Afterwards they reported back on

  • the factors that act as a barrier to their health and well-being
  • the factors that support their health and well-being
  • What they would like to know more about

Visit this short survey to see their key insights and to add your thoughts to theirs.


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