Lambeth has the highest number of Black people accessing mental health services in the UK. Black Thrive was created to initiate the system change required to see Black residents thrive across the borough.
Black Thrive is a partnership between communities, statutory organisations, voluntary and private sector. They work together to reduce the inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services. They address the barriers which lead to poorer outcomes across a range of social factors, such as education, employment, housing, and so on, all of which may negatively impact one’s health and wellbeing.
The partnership is supported by a Facilitation Team who help to guide the vision for the work. They ensure that activities reflect the views of people who are affected by mental health inequalities and that resources are well-coordinated and complementary. They do not provide services, but support changes within the system by connecting people and organisations. They create opportunities for the NHS, local council, police and the voluntary sector to work with communities and they also work to make sure change happens within the centre of these institutions and is sustained in the long-term.