Celebrating Black history month 2022 – Dr Mona-Lisa Kwentoh
27 October, 2022
I am proud to be Black female psychiatrist and an International Medical Graduate
As I type these words I ponder; do these descriptors define my contribution to psychiatry and society? Surely, there has been certainly more to my journey as I continue to navigate through the interesting curves and straight paths.
The journey of the Black female in psychiatry most probably couldn’t be expressed without the blood, sweat as well as tears of giants both past and present on whose broad shoulders we stood on to press further one step at a time. I am proud to have such inspirational role models who have reinforced my belief in the good that can come from dedication and collaboration. The triumphs can’t be celebrated without a reflection on the pushbacks and dogged persistence to move forward despite the odds. These continue to be the bedrock for my vision as I dare to dream. I can also say that the challenges I have faced have opened my eyes and fuelled my commitment for the greater good!
It is a privilege to be part of a college that hasn’t shied away from honest and thought provoking conversations, sought to promote equity in the delivery of appropriate care to patients and continues to explore various mechanisms to listen and include the views of those it strives to represent. These steps taken suggest a handy response to the African proverb; “a chattering bird builds no nest”
I choose to dream of a time when all can sup at the table; where diversity and inclusivity would become a tangible reality at the grassroot level; innovation, skills, experience, expertise are welcomed and harnessed to allow collective learning, growth and development. We have made steps, strides and in time I choose to believe we could all achieve so much more. I chose to dream we will realise our collective responsibility in ensuring a supportive atmosphere that encourages cultural curiosity and humility; a working culture that invites challenging but honest conversations to help seek out collective solutions to big problems one step at a time. These should support the goal of achieving better patient care, healthier organisational culture, happier workplaces, equity in attainment …… the list is endless.
More about Black History Month
Read more about the College’s celebrations of Black History Month including more blog posts, and the opportunity to attend our special webinar today (27 October): Proud to be me: my journey, my learning.
Black History Month
At the College, we believe it's important to recognise and celebrate the diverse past, present and future of the College as well as the contributions of our Black psychiatrists to mental health.