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.
Nafsiyat will provide FREE culturally competent brief emotional online support to anyone from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic background experiencing bereavement and loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coming together as a community in remembrance of those that we have loved and lost to covid 19 for National Grief Awareness Week 2020.
Loneliness has certainly enjoyed a more mainstream understanding as a social problem over the last five years with the potential to have an incredibly negative impact upon our health. From originally being attributed mainly to older people, consideration has widened in the UK, receiving huge attention due to MP Jo Cox’s Commission on Loneliness being set up just before her tragic murder in summer 2016. ONS statistics from 2016-2017 showed 1 in 20 adults reported feeling lonely “often or always, with highest numbers reported in 16-24 year olds
Susan is a member of BAATN and a practising Core Process Psychotherapist. She is based in Birmingham having lived most of her life in South Africa.
Azmat is a practising Core Process Psychotherapist and is serving as co-chair of their association’s ethics committee and is co-chair of UKCP’s HIPC Ethics, Diversity and Intersectionality committee. He practices in Brighton.
It was never our job to take care of the slave master and his family, but once upon a time this was the enforced role on African peoples through slavery. Even though our descendants were being slaughtered, maimed and abused, we were expected to care for our abusers. We are tired and worn down by the constant struggle to emerge from historical, intergenerational and every day traumas instilled by racism and the pressure to assimilate and not be fully ourselves.
Author: Eugene Ellis A major new study has found that systemic and persistent racial inequalities in employment, health, housing and education, continue to blight the lives of ethnic minority people in the UK – and worryingly, this puts them at greater risk from the...
Author: Eugene Ellis The killings of Black people in the US it’s not distant to us as it is also part of the UK experience If you are black in the UK, you are three times more likely to be killed by police in suspicious circumstances, and death by restraint is...
Author: Carol Blake,Senior Bereavement Therapist - The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the subsequent disease Covid-19 pandemic is recorded to have caused deaths of higher percentages of people from the BAME communities. We need to be...
VE Day (8th May), is a day when millions of people throughout the country fall silent to remember those who served in World War II. Let's not however, forget the contributions to the war by people of colour. It's very important to remember that if people of colour are...
Working and training as a Sex and Relationships Therapist – E4’s newest member to The Sex Clinic Author: Charlene Douglas “I’m a Sex and Relationships Counsellor” I say. ‘oh, oh okay. Erm, that’s great! “Yep…erm..definitely something that’s needed” – the familiar...