Why bring a Mental Health play into a 'Black Church'? 

This is certainly a legitimate question given the fact that many Christians reflect a fear of addressing mental health problems although psychological illnesses were addressed within the bible.

Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are disproportionately reflected in custodial sentencing in the prison system and in mental health institutions. BAME persons are routinely taser-ed within mental health institutions. BAME persons are over prescribed excessively strong drugs. Please note that even this oppressive use of Mental Health procedures is under investigation by the United Nations. 

All of these seek to undermine our quality of life as a community and breakup the family unit. Black-majority Churches must vociferously express its displeasure with the current state of affairs in the United Kingdom. It must also begin and or intensify its outreach to bring health and wellness to our community. Through partnership with local mental health providers and in collaboration with Black mental health professionals we must response to this threat to our well-being. 

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, also known as the Freedom Church, the church of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass must be involved in self-emancipation from mental slavery. We bring this play to our congregation and community because it is the right thing to do! 

By Rev. Ronald A. Nathan
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Battersea, London

So U Think I'm Crazy will be performing at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in October 2017.

See our events page for more details!

"Thank you for participating in the Poster Exhibition at this year’s event. We have received lots of positive feedback with regards to this aspect of the Congress."
​(2017 International Congress Peer Review Committee)

Presentation at the Psychiatrists International Congress  
(Scotland - June 2017) 

After winning an academic educational poster exhibition competition about mental health, Know My Mind was invited to attend the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland on 26 June 2017. 
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Top left: foyer area at the Edinburgh International Congress 2017

Top right: KMM director Ekanem Hines with Dr Aggrey Burke  is a senior lecturer, consultant psychiatrist and specialist in Transcultural Psychiatry on Racism and Mental Health

Bottom: KMM director Ekanem Hines with educational poster based on the play (So U Think I'm Crazy) at the Congress.