The seminar looks at the structural and social determinants of race and racism as a public mental health concern. It explores the inter-related factors of class, gender, education as important contributing factors to the over-representation of racialised (ethnically diverse) communities experiencing multiple health and mental health inequalities. It looks at the need to avoid a simple reductionist approach posed by the Commission on Race and Ethnic disparities (2021), that positions black Caribbean men as the central race and public mental health concern.
The seminar explores the escalator of other discriminatory experiences within the structures of British society; family, school, work and political systems, and the impact on the priority characteristics, such as religion and gender as depoliticised in the area of Racism as a public mental health concern.
Session 1 will explore two complementary perspectives of experiences associated with their identities with Colin King and Sade King.
Session 2 with Ghizala Avan will focus on the role of gender in relation to racism as a public mental health concern.
In Session 3, Simon Clarke will focus on how whiteness and maleness can make visible Racism as a public mental health concern.
In the final session, Mohamed Omar will explore questions around public mental health and Racism as they relate to asylum seeking and refugee communities in the UK