Recent events and developments

We were very sorry to report the death on of our trustees Professor Bhaumik who sadly passed away in November 2019

Careif Golf Day is being organised and a date will be confirmed, to be held at PGA Bowood Golf and Country Club, please email to show interest.

A Special edition of the World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review journal (the Journal of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry) was published in January 2020 featuring 5 of the Careif position statements, it also featured a tribute to the work of one of Careif’s co-founders -Dr Albert Persaud, who has retired from Careif.

The Saddleback Music Festival is taking a year off but an indoor gig is being organised and further information will be confirmed when dates are sorted.

A meeting between the Chartered Institute of Building and the Careif team is scheduled for February 2020 to develop resources on mental health and well-being in the construction industry.

Plans are being developed for a mental health resource.

A meeting has been held between Careif and the European Test Publishers Group about future work together.

A conference on International Collaboration on Cultural Relevance in Global Health: A Call to Action Culturally adapted Interventions (I-CAN) is being planned.

Also Jo Reed has kindly offered to run the London Marathon for Careif, please sponsor Jo by pressing the link to her webpage, all proceeds to go to Careif.

Careif Global Position Statement Religion and Spirituality in Mental Health Care

Careif is an international mental health charity that works towards protecting and promoting mental health and resilience, to eliminate inequalities and strengthen social justice. Our principles include working creatively with humility and dignity, and with balanced partnerships in order to ensure all cultures and societies play their part in our mission of protecting and promoting mental health and wellbeing. We do this by respecting the traditions of all world societies, whilst believing traditions can evolve, for even greater benefit to individuals and society.

Read more: Careif Global Position Statement Religion and Spirituality in Mental Health Care

Careif Global Position Statement Stigma Mental Illness Diversity

Careif is an international mental health charity that works towards protecting and promoting mental health, wellbeing, resilience and resourcefulness with a special focus to eliminate inequalities and strengthen social justice. Our principles include working creatively with humility, dignity and balanced partnerships in order to ensure that all cultures and societies play their part in our mission of protecting and promoting mental health and wellbeing. We do this by respecting the traditions of all world societies, whilst believing that culture and traditions can evolve for even greater benefit to individuals and society.

Read more: Careif Global Position Statement Stigma Mental Illness Diversity PDF

Careif Co-Founder announces new national centre of excellence

Lankelly Chase Foundation has commissioned Queen Mary University of London, the University of Manchester and Words of Colour Productions to establish an independent centre of excellence on ethnic inequalities, severe mental illness and multiple disadvantage.

With a strategic award of £1,245,000, the Synergi Collaborative Centre will deliver a five-year national programme, focused on working towards the transformation of health services for ethnic minority people with severe mental illness.

Over the five years the centre will:

  • Collate, interpret and communicate data and knowledge on ethnic inequalities in mental health and related systems, and how this relates to severe and multiple disadvantage.
  • Bring together the full range of stakeholders through models of co-production, and co-curation of knowledge, to develop and implement solutions.
  • Place lived experience narratives centre stage.
  • Use creative, digital and evidence-based platforms to share these narratives.
  • Become a focal point for action, leading to systems change regarding ethnic inequalities in mental health services.
  • Identify opportunities to reduce and prevent ethnic inequalities to improve the health of individuals and populations.

The centre will take a collaborative approach, using the principles of co-production of knowledge and a creative mix of robust research methods.

Kamaldeep Bhui CBE, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology, Queen Mary University of London, and Careif Co-Founder, said: “The Synergi Collaborative Centre will assemble all sections of society to offer a fresh perspective on ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness, while taking account of the multiple disadvantages which act as drivers of inequalities. This area has secured little effective action due to disagreements about the evidence, sensitivities around accusations of racism and minimising the lived experience of ethnic inequalities. By capturing experiences of multiple disadvantage throughout the life course, the centre will inform the production of co-created narratives, which will be widely shared to drive systems’ reform.”

To read the full release, visit www.synergicollaborativecentre.co.uk.