Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Black people are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than their White counterparts. This is a fundamental issue for us, and one that calls for a much more fundamental response than simply being ‘against racism’ – it requires us to become an ‘anti-racist’ organisation.
At the end of 2020, we commissioned an external report to help us understand the journey we needed to begin. There were no constraints or restrictions on its scope, and this commitment to transparency revealed a number of areas for change to which we had been oblivious up to that point. It was not a comfortable read, but it was in many ways a relief to be honest with each other about the task ahead.
We began to implement the report’s recommendations without delay. These three roles will be catalysts of change and discovery throughout the organisation, sharing the work of transforming the way we understand and respond to the drivers for change. You will increase colleagues’ confidence, support personal development, and raise shared levels of literacy about key issues of injustice and inequity as they relate to people with minoritised racial backgrounds. These issues – long endemic in our society – are both a direct contributor and an aggravating factor in the severity of today’s mental health crisis.
We will undoubtedly encounter challenges as we undertake this broad programme of work; but if Rethink Mental Illness stands for anything, it is about reshaping people’s lives for the better. Thank you for your interest in joining us in this journey.
Rethink Mental Illness