Recovery and Resilience


The Mental Health Foundation interviewed twenty seven women from African, African-Caribbean and South Asian backgrounds to explore their individual experiences of distress and recovery within mental health services from personal, social-cultural, familial and bio-medical perspectives.

The resulting data is featured in the report Recovery and Resilience: African, African-Caribbean and South Asian Women’s Narratives of Recovering from Mental Distress, published in partnership with Survivor Research in March 2011.

Recent research has indicated that people from black and minority ethnic communities experience unnecessary compulsory and coercive treatment within mental health services, with evidence also showing that many people have experienced racism and discrimination within and outside of these services.

By showcasing positive instances in which women have successfully combatted their mental distress, Recovery and Resilience outlines the methods that can help women like them in their healing process.

The project is now complete.