Popular culture, racism and mental health

Don’t miss our final event in our Black History Month celebrations – you can listen to it live today (Thursday at 4pm) or watch on demand.

The awareness of systemic racism and mental illness continues to be on the rise, especially in the Black community. There is a unique interaction between these major issues in popular culture with the world events which have triggered responses via social media and by organisations such as Black Lives Matter.

As part of Black History Month, the Association of Black Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been holding a series of webinars examining these issues, their impact on Black communities and humanity as a whole.  Join our discussion on popular culture, racism and mental health.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is dedicated to fighting against race inequality for our patients, carers, members, staff and in wider society.

The Association of Black Psychiatrists supports the professional development of Black psychiatrists, through education, training, and mentoring and promoting innovation and excellence in the delivery of high quality care. It fosters engagement and discussion about difficult conversations on racism and racial trauma, and is also a medium for teaching and engaging with the younger generation.

Speakers for this last RCPsych event of Black History Month 2021 include:

  • Dr Raphael Travis Jr, LCSW Professor, MSW Program Director at Texas State University, School of Social Work Lab: Collaborative Research for Education, Art, and Therapeutic Engagement (CREATE) Founder and Executive Director, FlowStory, PLLC
  • J Chambers, an MC, Dub Poet and Senior Lecturer in Music Production and Business at BIMM Institute, Manchester where he developed and introduced the new ‘Business and Culture of Hip Hop’ module. His music is a celebration of being Black and British in contemporary English Culture and explores themes of redemption, Black liberation, freedom and equality.
  • Parise Carmichael-Murphy, a PhD Education Student at the University of Manchester whose thesis draws upon Black feminist thought to explore and understand the social determinants of adolescent boys’ mental health and wellbeing. She is interested in exploring Black British identities through music and the relationship between Hip Hop and education.

The discussion will be chaired by Dr Olukemi Akanle, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director in Central North West London Foundation NHS Trust and Dr Mona-Lisa Kwentoh, Consultant Psychiatrist in Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust.

What else has been happening during Black History Month?

Catch up with the other events and ways the College has been celebrating Black History Month.

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