Black History Month

The inaugural meeting of the Association of Black Psychiatrists (ABP) on 22 October is one highlight in a busy schedule of activities during this year’s Black History Month.

We began the month with a blog post by Dr Mosun Fapohunda, who is a founder member of the new association. In it, she explains that the aim of the ABP is to support the professional development of black psychiatrists, through education, training, mentoring and networking, to promote innovation and excellence in the delivery of high-quality care to patients with mental illness.

Dr Fapohunda, a consultant psychiatrist, also reflects on the implications for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people of COVID-19, and of the George Floyd murder.

On 15 October, the College is holding an event which both celebrates the careers of black psychiatrists and explains how to begin a career in psychiatry.

The ABP’s inaugural meeting is taking place on 22 October, 4-5.30.

And earlier the same day (12.45pm-4pm) , the African and African-Caribbean Diaspora Online Conference – titled ‘Changing structures going forward’ – is taking place.

Among the highlights:

  • Professor Helen Minnis will address adverse childhood experience and its impact on adult mental health.
  • Mr Malcolm Phillips will look at ways in which Black psychology can help healing and support the building of resilience to withstand the negative impact of racial trauma, and
  • Professor Dawn Edge will discuss how research can be better and be made to work for Black people, rather than against.

In addition, the RCPsych social media channels will be publishing interviews with members and a range of other content to celebrate Black History Month – so do join us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to hear why members’ personal thoughts on Black History Month in 2020.

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