One of the most important things you can do when you’re planning an event or activity is to find a way to work with people from underrepresented groups. This is because mental health stigma and discrimination can be even harder for people who already experience disadvantage because of another aspect of who they are. This is called “multiple disadvantage”.
Here are some “underrepresented groups” you could think about working with:
- Black and minority Ethnic groups (BME)
- African and Caribbean communities
- Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender communities(LGB&T)
- Younger people (11-18)
- Men (25-45)
- Older people (55+)
- Disabled people
- People from rural areas
- Faith communities
- Include people in your activity from underrepresented groups who live in your local area and give them the space to talk about their different experiences
- Do an activity which has this group as an audience e.g. organising your event or activity at a pride, Asian mela, an African and Caribbean festival etc.
- If you make any posters or leaflets, make sure they show people from a range of backgrounds
- Make sure your venues are accessible for people with disabilities
- Make links with local organisations that work within different communities e.g. LGBT groups, BME groups, Faith groups, schools, colleges etc.
If you’re doing ongoing events e.g. as part of a campaign group, you might like to think about:
- Setting “targets” or numbers of people from different communities that you would like to reach or have as group members, then count this. If you have an interest in a particular community, you might like to set up an equality themed campaign group e.g. an LGB&T group or BME group.
Sister Ashley's church campaign
Sister Ashley ran a campaign in her local church, where mental health wasn't really talked about. Click here to find out more.
Find out more
We've put together some links for you to look at if you'd like to know more about mental health and different groups and communities.