Mental Health Project :

BME Mental Health Scheme This project has been running since 2013 and is currently funded by North Derbyshire and Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Initially groups were involved: African & Caribbean Community Association, Asian Association Chesterfield Filipino Community Association, Chesterfield Muslim Association ,Chinese Big Society ,Chinese Elders Group Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group, Long Eaton Indian Community Association ,Ukrainian Elderly Day Centre .
Due to a variety of reasons to do with funding and changes to the groups The Chinese Big Society, Long Eaton Community Association and the Ukrainian Elderly Day Centre are no longer taking part.

Currently we hope that the funding will continue until March 2019 after which the future is uncertain.
The scheme aims to:

  • Work with the BME groups to increase their understanding of the availability of mental health services and signpost and support their service users to access mainstream mental health provision.
  • Provide support to increase the mental health wellbeing of BME group members.
  • Increase the understanding of commissioners on the needs of service users from the BME communities.
  • To achieve these aims the BME groups provide services to their members that are tailored to their specific needs and culturally sensitive This is through weekly drop-in-sessions, phone line support and home visits. This is an invaluable service offering support to isolated and vulnerable members who are depressed, anxious or experiencing other mental health symptoms. Interventions at an early stage can often help people to regain better mental health and not become a strain on already overstretched NHS Mental Health provision.