Practitioners’ Messages

Features of good practice in the provision of advocacy for African and Caribbean men include:

Advocacy that addresses the double discrimination of racism and mental illness.
The provision of a safe and secure relationship within which the feelings of isolation and consequences of stigma associated with mental illness and racism can be addressed.
The ability to respond to the linguistic and cultural needs of African and Caribbean men, underpinned by an approach that emphasises promotion of health, reintegration of the self, spirituality, self-knowledge and connection to the community.
Choice, especially in terms of gender, and demonstrable ethnic sensitivity.
A proactive approach to personal advocacy through community-based action and engagement.
Balancing accessibility and informality with professionalism to ensure that advocacy services are delivered to high standards.
A well-trained, well-equipped and wellsupported workforce.
Partnership working and facilitated networking across organisations to encourage cross-referrals, exchange of information, best practice and mutual understanding.
Adequate long-term core funding.


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