Fanon CareSupporting African and Caribbeanpeople with Mental Health needs
Why the need to providespecialist care ? African-Caribbean people and in particular Black people born in Britain are ten times more likely to be given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Black men were more likely than white people to receive a case note diagnosis of schizophrenia or drug-induced psychosis
Black people are more likely to be assessed as violent, to be seen by junior staff and be given ‘physical’ treatments. Black people are much more likely to access the psychiatric services under sections of the Mental Health Act 1983 and are more likely to be transferred from prisons into psychiatry than their white counterparts.
African-Caribbeans are more likely to be detained in locked psychiatric wards and most likely to be treated with higher dosages of medication. Black people are more likely to be treated with drugs and ECT and less likely to receive counselling or psychotherapy.
Fanon Care “culturally sensitive services in a community setting” Individual, Family, Community Black on Black From an African / Caribbean Worldview
Supporting the whole person Social Physical needs needs Emotional needs Spiritual needs Racial Identity
The services we provide Day Centre Fanon House (20 beds) Women only home (6 beds) Floating support service
Day Centre a programme of activities social interaction with others caribbean restaurant a member led meeting
Fanon House our service that contains clusters of 3 room flats providing 24hr support from a committed and experienced team focus on rehabilitation and the re- learning of daily living skills’
Women only Hostel 6 individual rooms sharing facilities Focus on women with a history of homelessness focus on proving low level support in readiness for move on into own accommodation
Tenancy sustainment service support vulnerable people focus on help to keep home Provide 4 hrs of direct contact per week
Plans for the Future‘Relocate to purpose built building in Railton Road’ Women only drop in space Advice and Information service Assertive outreach workers Primary health care clinics by visiting professionals Café run by Scotch Bonnet catering