The BAATN Blog

Where therapy, the race conversation and politics meet

About This Blog & Guest Contributor Guidelines

This blog is about the psychological consequences of being a person of colour in the UK. It’s about the impact on our inner lives and our sense of identity, about the political landscape we live in that shapes public opinion and the policies that have been put in place to mitigate against the impact of racial bias.

Guest Contributors Welcome

Contributors who want to highlight particular issues, or are keen to open up debate and discussion, are welcome. Comments are also welcomed. Both contributors and commentators will sign their posts.

Guest Contributor Guidelines


If anyone is to learn anything about life

If anyone is to learn anything about life My role as a counsellor has thrown up many conundrums. I’ve learnt so much about the meaning of life and death and what it is to be human beyond the endless tick boxes that are frequently used to define who one is or how one...

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Maintaining manliness, through the tears

Maintaining manliness, through the tears Throughout the history of boxing, the most successful boxers have traditionally been groomed in, and recruited from, the harshest of environments. Their difficult upbringing, and associated social development, has typically...

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The good Immigrant

Post by Sreety Das - ‘The good immigrant’ edited by Nikesh Shukla is a collection of 21 writers, from a range of professional backgrounds, who explore through their own experiences “what it means to be Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic in Britain today.” Some famous...

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Ending the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK

Leading UK psychological professions and Stonewall unite against conversion therapy An updated memorandum of understanding (MoU) against conversion therapy has been launched today, which makes it clear that conversion therapy in relation to gender identity and sexual...

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Hope and Trepidation: Musings on the 2017 BAATN Conference

Written by Conference Delegate So, this was about the third conference that I had been reading about and yet not booked a place. I thought long and hard about why I did this. Me, an older Asian female, fairly recently retrained after a career, motherhood and lots in...

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Trump vs Hillary or Trump vs Obama?

"This whole effort from Trump is to erase Obama, that’s what’s really going on here. They are trying to erase him as an entity" Bonnie Greer I went to see ‘The Hotel Cerise’ a play written by Bonnie Greer, and afterwards attended a discussion of the themes within the...

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Channel 4 News – Identity

Black people in the UK are more likely to be admitted to hospital for mental illness – they are also less likely to use mainstream services. Can connecting black therapists with black patients change that? Watch the video Help nurture Black and Asian psychological...

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Is it because I am black?

Written by Adriana Dorsett To cut a long story short, this Summer I found myself watching a film in a sweltering hot tent with about 5 dozen wet wipe washed campers; collectively emanating a whiff of Olympic intensity. I love festivals for that. The plot of the film...

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Being Greater Than Our Suffering

Musings on Ben Okri and Jeremy Corbyn in conversation at the SouthBank - 15th July 2016 "The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering" Ben Okri I read Ben Okri’s book ‘A...

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