BAATN Blog

The BAATN Blog

Where therapy, the race conversation and politics meet

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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.

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.

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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White empathy vs Black empathy

I am a psychotherapist in the UK. What's happening with black empathy in the wider social consciousness and in ordinary everyday life? Looking at the news media and going about my business as an individual, black empathy is seriously lacking. It might be there lurking...

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Within the Brexit Crucible

Days after Brexit... Didn't have a good night sleep the night after the vote. All I could think about was the feelings left after the EU in/out campaign. My feelings, like many others, are many and complex but after a mediation what floated to the top was a deep...

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Mark Duggan Inquest – response from BAATN and PCSR

Politicians, police and the CPS continue to underestimate the psychological difficulties of improving relations between the authorities, seen as agents of a malign majority, and members of minority groups (Mark Duggan family reacts with fury to inquest verdict of...

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