Several Seats is a community interest company that aims to promote mental health in women of colour from ethnic minority backgrounds. We champion young women with lived experience and strive to create a safe space for peer-to-peer support and learning, where women can finally have a seat at the table to explore the challenges of mental health.
Several Seats seeks to inspire, empower, and motivate the future queens of our generation through various platforms including an informative blog, a mental health podcast and mentorship scheme. Through these domains we focus on creating access to different networks and opportunities for learning and development.
Government statistics show that Black African/Caribbean and Black British individuals have higher rates of mental illness and are therefore more likely to encounter mental health services. Minority ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by health inequalities and unfortunately there is a lack of representation in the health care service. They unfortunately do not accurately mirror the population that they seek to serve.
WHY IS THIS SERVICE IMPORTANT?
This project is important to me because as a young black girl I suffered from Depression and did not know how or where to access support. The mental health of BAME communities is important in society because people from these communities often face individual and societal challenges that can affect access to healthcare and overall mental and physical health.
SOME FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
PTSD is higher in women of black ethnic origin and this is related to the higher levels of sexual assaults that they experience: however, women of black ethnic origin are less likely to report or seek help for assaults or trauma
BAME people are more frequently subjected to involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation than others, particularly young, black men
More than one in five Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people (22 per cent) have experienced an eating disorder in the last year compared to 11 per cent of white LGBT people.
Asylum seekers and refugees are more likely to experience poor mental health than the local population, including higher rates of depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders
Women of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are at an elevated risk of schizophrenia
This is simple by women for women! Join us in making a change!
MEET THE TEAM
Digital and Communications Assistant
Grant and Community Support Assistant