Should mental health in the BAME population be part of the inclusion agenda?

Separate agendas

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Luke Adebiyi is a reboot. ambassador

With Mental Health Awareness Week happening last week, I thought it was important to bring mental health into the broader inclusion conversation, as more often than not, it is treated as an entirely separate topic.

In reality, it is hugely intertwined and integral to inclusivity in a way that is rarely thought or talked about. Almost ten years ago, to express a blip of anxiety I was experiencing, I shared an article on my workplace's  intranet, to a 60,000+ global workforce. At the time, I was trying to overcome the barriers I was facing with my mental health. On reflection, one area I missed - and others continue to miss  - is how the experiences associated with belonging to a marginalised community can contribute to, or even worsen, one's mental health. Moreover, such experiences can work in t...

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