Press Release: Call to Action



The report is now available from the ‘Call To Action’, Bristol Mental Health Conference.  The conference held May 2019 was co-produced by BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) women with lived experience, the Nilaari Agency and a partnership of statutory and voluntary services.

An important and unique Mental Health conference was held in Bristol. As the title suggests, it was a call to Mental Health other senior managers from related services across the city to discuss ways of improving practice to be inclusive and eliminate inequalities.

The keynote speakers were an eloquent and resilient group of women from BAME communities, who are service users and carers or have themselves been in mental health crisis in the past.

The conference was delivered by The Nilaari Agency and was jointly funded by Bristol CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust) and was a partnership with AWP, Bristol CCG, CASS (Community Access Support Service), Rethink, Bristol Mind and Black Carers.

The agenda for the day was designed completely around the womens testimonies.  There were 3 workshops where the women worked alongside senior managers to find solutions leading to positive practical outcomes.  Any changes to practice will benefit all patient experiences of not only BAME service users but everyone who needs mental health services.

The themes covered were: Before Detention; During Detention and Post Detention. At the end of the event participants were invited to write a pledge of the changes they would make as a result of their experiences on the day.

Everyone was inspired by the BAME women with lived experience and Nilaari and the other partner agencies will continue to work with them to ensure that this was a ‘call to action’ and continues to influence mental health practices in Bristol to becoming more inclusive, remove discrimination and engages positively with service users, family, carers and all of Bristol’s diverse communities.

A copy of the report can also be requested by emailing:

For further information contact: Jean Smith (Director) Nilaari or Shelagh Hetreed Business Officer Nilaari Or phone Nilaari on 0117 952 5742