Support for our BAME community

We know this has been an especially challenging time for our BAME colleagues in health and social care. You can access specialist information and support for mental health at the Rethink Mental Illness website.

Or, if you work for an NHS or ambulance trust:​

If you work for Berkshire Healthcare:​

Specialist support services

We've pulled together some information about services that offer specialist services for the BAME community. If you know of any mental health support sites or helplines for different faiths and minority ethnic groups you'd like to see added here, contact us at Wellbeing.Matters@berkshire.nhs.uk and let us know.

Islamic mental health and wellbeing service ​

Access free, confidential, faith-based mental health counselling for Muslims working in the NHS across the UK, by qualified therapists.  

To find out more, visit:​

  • Inspirited Minds to choose your counsellor language (English, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Turkish, Spanish, Hausa, Tamil). They work mainly with those of Islamic faith, but can help people from differing backgrounds​
  • or Lateef project Islamic counselling, who ask what language you'd like support in​

JAMI: mental health services for the Jewish community

  • JAMI provide professional practical and emotional support for everyone affected by a mental health problem, including friends, relatives and employers

Sikh Helpline

  • Sikh helpline is a charity that helps members of the community, regardless of gender, race or religion, deal with issues, especially those linked to cultural and social taboos. It is a free confidential telephone and email counselling service, available 24 hour a day, 7 days a week 

BAMEstream Bereavement Support

  • BAMEstream offers therapeutic support in over 20 different languages. They will support anyone aged 18 and over who identifies as Black, Asian or any other minority ethnicity who has been affected by the death of a loved one due to COVID-19, and is registered with a GP in England

Helpline for Filipino colleagues

 

 

If you need urgent mental health support and advice:

  • Call NHS 111 for physical or mental health emergencies (available 24/7)
  • Samaritans: call 116 123 (available 24/7)
  • SHOUT85258: text 'SHOUT' to 85258 (available 24/7)

Always dial 999 in an emergency or, to contact the Police in a non-emergency, use 101.