Updated: Jan 29, 2019
2017 continues to draw attention to the disparate treatment of people of colour across both the US and the UK, but there remains a division in discussions around, and treatment of, mental health. The mental health organisation 'Mind' found that the number of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) mental health admissions is six times higher than average, and that people from BAME groups are more likely to be compulsorily detained. Even within health care settings, minority ethnic groups face harsher measures than their white counterparts, being more likely to be diagnosed as psychotic, 29% more likely to be forcibly restrained, 50% more likely to be placed in seclusion, and five times more likely to be served Compulsory Treatment Orders.
Stirling Publishing is partnering with Samara Linton and Rianna Wilcott, who will be acting as editor and associate editor respectively, to produce The Colour of Madness, a patchwork anthology that draws upon the mental health experiences of BAME people, both sufferers and practitioners.This isn't a journal of essays or a collection of creative non-fiction: we're looking for expression where there has been silence, a personal way of conveying a story or sense. Literary talent is a must, but we are not expecting conformity to convention.
We know that representation is recognition, and with recognition is acknowledgement. With these issues brought to the public eye, we can effectively lobby for change in the way that BAME mental health sufferers are inequitably treated.
The Colour of Madness is now open for submissions. Please see our website for more information, or alternatively contact us at email@example.com. Connect with us on Twitter at @MadnessColourOf to let us know your thoughts or queries, and share the hashtag #ColourofMadness to show your support.
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