Lifting Barriers: African and Caribbean people tell their stories

A Life in the Day

ISSN: 1366-6282

Publication date: 30 June 2009


A group of African and Caribbean people decided to tell mental health workers and others in east London about their struggles to achieve mental health. They wanted to show that black people with mental health problems are individuals, with different histories and different talents. They wanted to show that it is possible for African and Caribbean service users to rebuild their lives after a mental health crisis and even after years in and out of hospital. In this article, Zhenreenah Muhxinga describes how they produced a book of stories to challenge the familiar assumption that recovery is not an option for black people.



Muhxinga, Z., Douglas, C., Francis, D., Laville, M., Millin, S., Pamfield, J., Smith, P. and Smith, R. (2009), "Lifting Barriers: African and Caribbean people tell their stories", A Life in the Day, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 16-18.

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