Commissioning and providing mental health advocacy for African and Caribbean men

Organisational arrangements - introduction

The SCIE Knowledge Review 15 identified three main ways of organising mental health advocacy for African and Caribbean men. The difference between the three ways is the extent to which they focus on African and Caribbean communities, and the strength of connection and involvement with those communities:

  1. African and Caribbean mental health advocacy - as a stand-alone organisation, or as part of an independent African and Caribbean mental health service, or as part of a broader advocacy service.
  2. Black and minority ethnic mental health (BME) advocacy - as a stand-alone organisation, or as part of an independent BME mental health service, or as part of a broader advocacy service.
  3. Mental health advocacy - as a stand-alone organisation or as part of an independent mental health organisation, or as a part of a generic advocacy service.

Mental heath advocacy may also be provided by broader social and community organisations often focused on a particular community, for example the Somali community.

In general there is a trade-off between cultural specificity, sensitivity and capacity, pointing to a need for investment in strengthening advocacy that is provided by black and community voluntary sector (BCVS) organisations.

Examples of these different types of organisations are:

See Examples of different organisational arrangements for details.

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