African Men Safe Space –AMSS

Mental health illness within the Black African and Caribbean heritage community in the UK is becoming a growing concern. Though, a lot of similarities exists within the Black African and Caribbean community there are significant differences around health needs and outcomes especially mental health. Even within the Black African community there is a distinction between the 3rd and 4th generation families and the African migrant and refugee community.

There is very little study of mental health within the Black African migrant community in the UK. This community has grown considerably in the last 30 years, as refugee families from sub-Saharan Africa who have been displaced by war and civil unrest settle in the country. The 2011 census estimates suggest that Black African people total 1.8% of the population of England and Wales compared to 1.1% of Black Caribbean people.

AMSS has been supported with grant from Local Connections Fund – The National Lottery Community;  MIND City, Hackney and Waltham Forest and Hackney Giving