At Utulivu, we believe there is no health without mental health. However, there are many factors that lead to poor mental health and wellbeing for the BAME communities, whom we work with in Reading and the surrounding areas.
Our work seeks to counter these issues such as financial and economic difficulties, myths and taboos linked to mental health, social and cultural factors, stigma and discrimination faced by our communities and improving awareness and understanding of mental health by normalising mental health conversations.
We also provide opportunities for communities to engage with each other and work together thereby increasing social cohesion, networks, benefits of outdoor work and reducing loneliness and isolation which is a public health concern.
There are a vast number of issues that can negatively impact upon our mental health and well-being, including physical illness and injury, relationships, parenting, divorce, bereavement, finances, housing situation, and caring responsibilities and abuse.
Utulivu believes that no person should have to face these issues alone. Therefore we run a weekly volunteer led activities to address issue that affect beneficiaries including women and children and their personal experiences of FGM, HIV, domestic violence and sexual exploitation.
You can learn more about the causes of most mental health problems among the BAME communities here