Keith Dube, blogger and BBC radio presenter, decided to share his experience of mental health in 2015. In his blog, he explores the misunderstandings that people have about mental health and the contrast between seeming like a confident out-going man, whilst internally experiencing depression and all the psychological and emotional struggles that go with it.
Dube has since worked with the BBC to produce a short film exploring mental health in the black community. Being Black, Going Crazy? (offensive?) explores the statistics behind the long-time debate surrounding mental health in black culture.
The statistics are robust: in the UK a black man is 17 times more likely than a white man to be diagnosed with a severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia). Parallel to this, BAME men are severely disproportionately detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, resulting in a high proportion of these young men entering mental health services through the justice system.
Keith Dube (blogger and radio presenter) asks why these statistics don’t seem to be changing. Dube meets a range of young black men and women to discuss their experience of mental health and the complexities of the interaction between our heritage and mental health. Watch a clip here.
As part of a broader mental health initiative, the BBC also produced a number of shorter clips including ‘It’s Tough Being a Man‘, interviewing a range of men about their experience of mental health, grief, trauma and the shame they have overcome in dealing with it.
Remember, if you need to talk that’s all good. Head to the ‘Talk‘ page for resources and people to reach out to. Or open up the conversation with your boys…