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African and Caribbean Mental Health Services

12 Feb 2016 - 11:03 by michelle.foster

The African and Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS) is a voluntary charitable organisation that was formed in October 1989 to provide support to African and African Caribbean people with mental health problems aged 16 and over and registered with a Manchester GP.

The Mental Health Team works with people who have common mental health problems i.e.: depression, anxiety, relationship problems and low self-esteem by offering advice, CBT and person-centred counselling, CBT therapies, advocacy, health and well-being groups.

In order to support the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who fund the organisation towards Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), ACMHS now provides a wide choice of psychological therapies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT).

ACMHS also provides drop-in services i.e.: sport, music, art, women, men, life skills and socialising. In addition we have a carers group, which gives practical and emotional support to individuals who are caring for someone who suffers from mental ill health.

Volunteering opportunities are also available in fundraising, befriending, hospital support, drop-in facilitators and counselling.

ACMHS also provides placement opportunities for social workers, occupational therapists, counsellors, nurses and training in race and mental health, cultural awareness and mental well-being.

Befriending Project
The Befriending Project aims to aid the recovery of African and Caribbean patients in North Manchester General Hospital. The service will be provided by service users who have experience of being inpatients themselves.

ACMHS is based at the Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M16 7WD

For further information, visit: www.acmhs-blackmentalhealth.org.uk, or contact 0161 226 9562, or email: admin@acmhs-blackmentalhealth.org.uk

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