Our purpose

Colourful-minds is a non-profit mental health organisation. We aim to improve public understanding of mental health and mental illness through education in the Black and minority ethnic community.

Our Mission

The Colourful-Minds team are dedicated to being ambassadors for people with mental health difficulties. We aim to reduce stigma, prejudice and discrimination as well as promote equality. We consider it our duty to educate the public about mental health. Through engaging organisations, delivering workshops in our local community and beyond we aim to debunk myths about mental illness.

Our outreach to schools provides a unique opportunity to influence young minds into having positive attitudes towards those suffering from mental illness. We have a particular interest in working with communities densely populated with ethnic minorities and high levels of social deprivation. Our outreach to churches and religious organisations allows us to better understand the cultures within our community; allowing us to bridge the gap, and present relatable faces of mental health services.

Our Vision

We look forward to a future in which schools, churches, mosques, community clubs, youth centres all have access to education about mental health, well being and mental illness; delivered by mental health professionals or trained volunteers from the colourful-minds organisation.

"From the back of our minds to the front of conversation"

Our Goal

Health promotion and education is an important and effective primary prevention strategy. We aim to engage with as many schools and community organisations as possible.
By improving public understanding of mental illness we can promote better engagement with mental health services, particularly within the black and minority ethnic community.
Experiences of mental health problems reflect different cultural and socio-economic contexts. Individuals from the BME community are statistically more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health problem and more likely to be admitted to hospital.
Studies also show that they are more likely to experience poor outcome and more likely to disengage from mainstream services.

Our Reach

The bulk of the Colourful-Minds team are mental health professionals working for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust. We have links to and awareness of third sector organisations, primary and secondary care services in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon. We aim to service these inner-city areas, particularly as they have high levels of social deprivation and mental illness.

Services We Offer

Student Workshops

We offer 2 hour sessions at primary schools (year 5 and 6 students), secondary schools and colleges. We aim to attend each organisation a minimum of 2 occasions to deliver introductory and follow up workshops.

Teachers Workshops

We run workshops tailored to supporting teachers with advice about common mental illnesses and identifying students that may be struggling with mental health difficulties.

Parents drop off workshop

We offer drop in events that parents are invited to attend after dropping their children off for school in the mornings, providing the opportunity for health promotion and sign posting to 3rd sector services in the community should they have any concerns regarding their own or their child's mental health.

Research and measurement

We carry out robust evaluation of the services we provide to allow us to continually ensure quality improvement. We also gather data that measures the success of our project in terms of reducing stigma around mental illness.

Reflective practice training for teachers

Our psychologists offer 4 training sessions to staff on creating and sustaining reflective practice groups.

Meet The Team

We are comprised of volunteers with a mixture of professional, ethnic and religious/non-religious backgrounds. This includes; psychiatrists, psychologists and other trained mental health professionals, as well as volunteers from other professional backgrounds passionate about addressing stigma. We intend to continue to recruit more mental health professionals to facilitate our workshops as we expand our geographical reach as an organisation.

Dr Julia Ogunmuyiwa MBBS MRCPsych

General Adult Psychiatrist

"Coming from a part of London home to many ethnic diasporas, I have always been curious about the way the my community and the general public react to mental illness. As a psychiatrist, I feel it is important to be an ambassador for mental health. As a clinician, I have seen first-hand how harmful stigmas can be. What better time to begin educating the public about mental health than in childhood."

Dr Mina Husain MBBS MRCPsych

General Adult Psychiatrist

"I joined this project as I am passionate about using innovative ways to engage the public and take steps in tackling stigma."

Anthonia Oyekan BSc MSc

Specialist IT & social media champion

"Although I don't work in mental health, I wanted to work with the team because I believe that it's important to equip young people with the tools and skills to deal with mental health issues. Social media is a great way to promote awareness in the younger generation."

Dr Samuel Oyekan BSc MBBS MRCPsych

Specialist Trainee CAMHS Psychiatrist

"I have an interest in children's mental health as I believe it is an important public health objective. Supporting and encouraging our younger generation to cope is a great way to improve the health of our future generation."

Madhuri Lokhande BSc

Clinical Psychologist

"I've always felt that the most difficult time we go through is when we are young. Navigating, discovering, learning and most importantly connecting. Mental illness can create a painful chasm between the world and self. Helping young people, the future of this world, learn, understand and ultimately destigmatize mental illness will help build a stronger future. A future where all of us take an approach of loving kindness towards our fellow beings."

Precious Ejimonyeabala

Medical Student

"The Colourful-Minds team is built up of passionate and determined individuals with the common goal of raising mental health awareness. We aim to encourage the public to do more to help those affected, allowing them to feel empowered to seek help as they need it and campaign for change if their needs are not met."

Dr Jessica Fletcher-Rogers BSc MBBS

Core Trainee in Psychiarty

"It's essential that mental health education is easily and readily available to everyone as it concerns everyone. This amazing project aims to do this as well as reduce stigma which can be high, especially in the ethnic minority communities. This is the reason I feel privileged to be a part of the team."

Amaka Yoloye BSc MSc

Administrative Support

"As a mother to two young boys, I'm confident that we can capture minds at an early stage, giving our youth the best chances of success. I feel it is important that we support society to break unhealthy attitudes that make people with mental illnesses feel isolated and afraid. We must be tackle mental health issues head on!"

Folade Lawan

Psychology Undergraduate

“As a young person, navigating the world around you can be daunting, and when faced with the additional problem of being ill-equipped in how to recognise ill-mental health in yourself and others in particularly difficult times, it can be further challenging. The work of Colourful-Minds is important to aid in reducing the shame around discussing mental health; therefore contributing to forming more positive and open discourse, to create safe spaces to have these important conversations.”

Nathalie Rich BSc MSc

Psychiatry Research Assistant

"As someone who has struggled with their own mental health, I find the ethos of this organization not only noble, but essential, and it is the primary reason I joined this team. I believe tackling mental health stigma head on and passing on practices of mental wellbeing is not just vital for the individual to grow and prosper, but our society also - and this belief is reflected in the hard work of the Colourful-Minds team."

Kairo Maynard BA MA

CAMHS Dramatherapist

"I decided to join Colourful-Minds as I am passionate about improving access to mental health services for Black and other marginalised communities, whilst also advocating for further inclusion and visibility of Black, Asian and ethnic minority therapists and trainees."

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Events

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Great Light Connections webinar "Maintaining a Sound Mind in Isolation"

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Zoom, Meeting ID: 825-5274-3715, from 7pm prompt

Webinar featuring a panel of doctors, with a mental health focus

Black History Month @ King's College Hospital

Friday 22 November 2019

King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London

Colourful-minds stall and presentation on mental health in the BAME community

Great Light Connections Health Week 2019

Wednesday 3 July 2019

197 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London

Presentations and talks, as well as a Q&A session on mental health.

Minds 4 Action Awareness Day

Saturday 20 July 2019

Conel Enfield Centre, Enfield

An awareness day for young people, families and the community. An opportunity to interact with the public with quizzes and questionnaires, as well as answer questions on who we are, what we do and the services we offer.

All Saints C of E Primary School

Friday 29 March 2019

Upper Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, London

Workshops with Year 6 pupils involving group activities and discussions, followed by a quiz.

Southwark Schools Governors Association Meeting

Thursday 21 March 2019

Southwark Council, London

Presentation introducing who we are, what we do and the services we offer.