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Training dates

27 March 2023, 10.00-13.00 (face-to-face)

17 May 2023, 10.00-13.00 (online)

Training overview

This course will build awareness and understanding of the disparities experienced by people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. It will examine the intersectionality of race, different cultures and mental health, to develop an understanding and awareness of different experiences and perspectives in order to help you support colleagues from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds with their mental health.

By the end of the course, participants will learn:

  • How racism and feelings of exclusion, especially in the workplace, impacts on mental health
  • How the experiences of different Minority Ethnic people will differ depending on their culture, experiences, family and society
  • A clearer understanding of the intersectionality of different cultures and mental health, including the potential for higher levels of stigma
  • Strategies and tools for having confident and supportive mental health and wellbeing conversations with people who are of a Black and Minority Ethnic background, using the right language
  • What are the experiences and expectations of Black and Minority Ethnic employees in terms of wellbeing support
  • How to build confidence and create spaces to talk with colleagues of Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • How to create, empower and be better allies through facts and evidence-based information
  • How to build coalitions to create resilience and inclusion in the workplace
  • A reminder and refresher on supporting your own mental health and wellbeing when supporting others

What's covered in this course

  • Identifying the unique factors which impact on the mental health of people who are Black or from an Minority Ethnic background
  • Understanding that there are differences between different Minority Ethnic groups, looking at some examples
  • Understanding the determinants that can impact a person’s mental health – such as cultural differences and experiences of racism
  • Opportunity to practice and develop skills for having confident conversations about mental health with Black and/or Minority Ethnic people using the CMHA Framework to guide participants and practical case studies to illustrate common scenarios
  • How to be a supportive ally
  • The RIR ProtocolTM – a framework for having difficult conversations about race and racism to help challenge stigma in the workplace
  • Useful resources and support pathways

Who should attend

This course is open to all staff members

Key information

  • Half day training course (3 hours)
  • Facilitated by external trainer: City Mental Health Alliance
  • No charge for Imperial staff
  • Platform (if online): Zoom

Netiquette for online training

  • To create a safe space for sharing and discussion it is important for delegates to be fully present and an active participant. For some of our training sessions, you will be required to keep your video cameras on. Please ensure that prior to attending the workshop you have a fully functioning camera and microphone. If you are having issues with your equipment, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Please ensure that you are in a private space where you can maintain confidentiality and the privacy of delegates.
  • To maintain confidentiality delegates will be asked to agree to keep what is said in the group, within the group, and not record or take screenshots/photos without permission. In addition to not post pictures or quotes from the session on social media or elsewhere without express permission of those involved.