Chain Reaction: from diverse volunteers to diverse services
Chain Reaction (April 2010- March 2013) was a mental health and wellbeing programme aimed at increasing access of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people to community-based mental health services. We want all sectors of the community to feel welcome in our services and to benefit from them. We are committed to making our services more accessible to people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities because we realise that:
- Community-based mental health support is under-used by people from BME communities, while
- A disproportionate number of people from BME communities are admitted to, and compulsorily detained in, psychiatric hospitals.
- With early and appropriate support, many mental health crises can be avoided.
From diverse volunteers to diverse services.
We believe that a more diverse work force will encourage more people from BME communities to try out our mental health services. In the context of Chain Reaction, ‘Black or Minority Ethnic’ means anyone who would not describe themselves as ‘white British’ – whether African or Caribbean, Nigerian or Nepali, Bangladeshi or Brazilian, Pakistani or Polish, Chinese or Czech – whatever your background, we would like to hear from you!