We must start talking about mental health (and wellbeing)

Mental Health Stressedsource: The Voice Online
published: 28 November 2017

Whether it’s the stigma that surrounds people affected by depression or often inadequate NHS treatment, mental health is a key challenge facing black Britons. Next week a major conference is aiming to tackle the vital issues.

Everyone is still digesting the recent announcement during Black History Month of Theresa May launching the Race Disparity Audit across all government departments, which again highlights the nature and impact of structural racism on the black community from housing education, criminal justice, workforce, and culture.

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Moment of truth for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island

Muslim refugee girl cryingsource: Open Democracy
published: 17 November 2017

Since October 31, hundreds of men have barricaded themselves in an abandoned complex on a naval base where security forces have previously shot at and attacked them.

Exhausted, with no power and no running water in the tropical heat, they stockpiled food, dug water wells, and collected rainwater in trash cans to drink. Now, they are dehydrated, starving, and scared.

These men are not in a war zone, though many of them have fled war in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan.

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Sturgeon refuses to back custody inquiry after death of local man

Sheku Bayoh & Family
Sheku Bayoh & Family

source: Evening Telegraph
published: 7 November 2017

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has refused to commit to a full inquiry into custody arrangements in Scotland in the wake of the death of Sheku Bayoh in Fife two years ago.

However, the SNP leader promised her government would see what lessons could be learned from a UK inquiry. Dame Elish Angiolini’s report called for a ban on former police officers leading custody death investigations. She also wanted a team of independent investigators to be on call 24 hours a day.

Mr Bayoh, 31, died after being restrained by officers responding to a call in Kirkcaldy in May 2015.

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