In the last concluded Community of Practice Event – Cultural Awareness on March 14th 2023, Alfred Oyekoya, the Operating Director of BAME Mental Health Support (BMHS), highlighted BMHS response to the increased demand for culturally competent bereavement service delivery for ethnic minorities including the support available for baby loss, miscarriages, and anticipatory grief.
Alfred’s personal philosophy is that mental health and physical health should be valued equally but that institutional apathy, structural inequalities, racism, fear, stigma, and discrimination sometimes have influence on ethnic minorities accessing mental health and wellbeing services. His success in developing BMHS into a trusted organisation for ethnic minorities has not gone unnoticed.
Alfred has been the personal recipient of awards including the RVS (Royal Voluntary Service’s) Platinum Champions Award celebrating outstanding volunteers across the country, and he was recently listed as top 100 influential Change Makers in Wales by the Future Generation Commissioner of the Wales Government.
If you would like to contribute to the BMHS bereavement survey, please use this link.