Kindred Minds is a unique user-led project for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities living in and around the borough of Southwark. Their activities are open access with no referral process or cost. Membership is free. All survivors of mental distress from BME communities are welcome.
At present, Kindred Minds’ core activities are:
- Peer Support. Kindred Minds runs fortnightly ‘pop-in’ peer support groups. There are two experienced facilitators with experience of mental distress, and free complementary therapies and refreshments. These are forums for members to share experiences and well-being strategies, and to meet and socialise in a safe space. At the moment they take place on alternate Tuesdays. There are also frequent BME women-only support groups, as well as regular group outings. Phone 020 7358 7279 for up-to-date details.
- Campaigning/manifesto project. Kindred Minds campaigns on issues relating to the well-being of people from BME communities who have experienced mental distress, and is involved in consultations and lobbying concerning services policy and delivery. Kindred Minds is developing a BME service user MANIFESTO which will address BME experiences and needs regarding mental health services, and wider social issues, as a tool for creating positive social change. Phone Raza on 020 7358 7279 to get involved.