Research

Mental health: BME communities go unheard and ignored

People from West Yorkshire’s BME communities with mental health concerns feel ignored and struggle to find a voice, according to charity Touchstone. The mental health charity recently ran two consultation events with BME service users as part of a national independent review of the Mental Health Act.  Feedback from participants at the events in Leeds…

Have you, or someone you care for, ever been detained under the Mental Health Act?

Touchstone are holding three focus groups to gather feedback for The Mental Health Act Review. Get in touch to book your place. Dewsbury: 28th February, contact 01924 460211 or advocacy@touchstonesupport.org.uk Leeds: 2nd March, contact 0113 2192727 or supportcentre@touchstonesupport.org.uk Bradford: 17th April – details to be confirmed.  

Mental Health within BAME and LGBT communities

To celebrate LGBT History Month, but also to acknowledge the impact of bullying and discrimination on people from LGBT communities, Touchstone chief executive Alison Lowe has written a blog on this issue. This article also appears in 2017’s LGBT History Month magazine. Mental health amongst minority communities is a political as well as an ethical…

The Mental Health Support Experiences in Leeds of Black Women and Roma Men, Born Outside of the UK

Touchstone’s vision is to inspire communities and to transform lives. Over our 30 plus years of operating across West Yorkshire this aspiration has led us to focus on the hopes, experiences and outcomes of our most diverse communities, as experience shows that these communities are most often the most excluded, marginalised and overlooked. These reports will hopefully go…

World Statistic Day – Ethnicity Recording

In the Community Development Service here at Touchstone we aim to achieve a greater understanding and ownership of mental health issues facing Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Leeds. For World Statistics Day on 20th October, John Halsall, Community Health Development Analyst,  has written the first in a series of data blogs. Please take a few minutes…

WY-FI BME TalkShop

On Monday 8th June, a BME Talkshop event was held at Touchstone House, organised by the West Yorkshire – Finding Independence (WY-FI). The West Yorkshire – Finding Independence (WY-FI) project is one of the 12 Big Lottery funded Fulfilling lives projects working with people with entrenched multiple and complex needs to engage and access appropriate…

Report: Decision Making in Stepped Care: How do Therapists Decide Whether to Prolong Treatment or Not?

“The efficiency of stepped care systems partly relies on systematic monitoring of patient outcomes and timely decisions to “step up” patients without any clear therapeutic gains to the next level of treatment. Qualitative evidence has suggested that this does not occur consistently, nor always congruently with clinical guidelines.” This report was compiled by Jaime Delgadillo (Leeds Community Healthcare…

Leeds Census 2011 – Another update from the CDWs

After the enormous success of our last post analysing the 2011 Leeds Census Arfan Hanif  from the Community Development team has crunched yet more data to explain the ethnic makeup of each electoral ward in Leeds. This kind of information is really important for local services trying to work out who lives on their doorstep, so…

Refugee Mental Health – Action Research Final Report

Touchstone and PAFRAS collaborated on action research project last year, looking at the mental health needs and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds. We are proud to publish the final report – which contains the findings and actions of the action learning sets, and priorities for action, based on analysis of lived experiences…

Touchstone Community Development Analyse the 2011 Census

The Census took place on 27 March 2011 with a response rate of 94%. The first released data was published on 11 December 2012 by the Office of National Statistics. The BME Community Development Team at Touchstone have published this brief analysis of local Census data related to ethnicity, religion and faith to help you make sense of…

Self-care success in Leeds

Around 18 million people in the UK live with a long-term conditions and this number is expected to double by 2030. Within Leeds over the past 8 years we have developed a unique intervention designed to empower people living with long-term conditions to lead more fulfilling lives.  The Positive Care programme offers a unique mix…

Speak to a Therapist Sooner?

Touchstone is part of the Leeds IAPT and Primary Care Mental Health Service – the service which delivers talking therapies to people across Leeds. We know that psychological therapy can help many people, but we do not help people as soon as we would like. When people contact us for the first time, we would like…

Refugee and asylum seeker action research project

Action Research

We are delighted to announce that the Action Research project “Understanding refugees’ and asylum seekers’ (RAS) experiences of accessing and receiving Mental Health support in Leeds” has started on 26th September 2011. The objective of this project is to explore and develop understanding on what successful MH work looks like with RAS clients inside and…

Report: Working Together for Equality

Working Together for Equality Resource Pack

WYLDA (West Yorkshire Learning and Development Agency) worked with partners, including Touchstone to produce this Equality Resource Pack (December 2010). Download the report…

Report: Improving access to breast screening for BME women

Improving access to breast screening for BME women

Touchstone has been working with the NHS as part of the Pacesetters programme to make sure that all women in Leeds understand the existence and importance of screening. (Nov 2010)  Download the leaflet…

Report: Talking Our Language

Touchstone’s report and training resources to improve mental health awareness among Pakistani and Chinese communities.  This was part of the Department of Health Pacesetters programme. (Aug 2010) Download the report…

Report: AMHP course evaluation

Service User Evaluation of Leeds Metropolitan University Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) course (January 2010).  Touchstone’s service users led this evaluation and compiled this report in collaboration with Touchstone’s service user involvement lead. Download the report…

Report: BME Perspectives on Substance Use and Mental Health Problems

Dual diagnosis report – “BME Perspectives on Substance Use and Mental Health Problems” (2009). Report of a consultation with people from African Caribbean and Bangladeshi Communities in Leeds – compiled in partnership with St Anne’s Community Services and St Martin’s Practice. Download the report…

Report: The Mental Health Providers Forum

Touchstone piloted the mental health recovery star and contributed to this report The Recovery Star Model and Cultural Competency. (June 2009) Download the report…

Report: Equalities Consultation

Report on the an Equalities Consultation that Touchstone led on behalf of NHS Leeds (Jan 2009).  We enabled a Community Research Team to explore the views of a number of BME communities. Download the report…

Report: The mental health needs of BME communities in Leeds

Two service users enjoying a coffee

Background to the research This research was initiated by the BME Advisory Group to the Mental Health Modernisation Team (BMEAG), and paid for by Leeds Adult Social Care (formerly,  Leeds Social Services). It was commissioned to inform decisions on how to spend the monies that were freed up by the closure of the Black Mental Health…