Adira in association with SHSC & Flourish presents:

LIVE: Thursday 24th June 2021 @ 19:15 GMT

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The alignment of gender, ethnicity and trauma

Racism, discrimination, family difficulties, inequalities in employment, income, education opportunities, exclusion, invisibility…in this live session we will explore the impact of systemic, societal and cultural challenges on Black men.

Black male suicide

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50 and although suicide statistics are not broken down by ethnicity, Black men are more likely to experience psychosis and be detained under the Mental Health Act. What preventative measures can we make to ensure we don’t lose more of our Black men to suicide?

Black male identity and the criminal justice system

Our prisons and secure mental health wards have something in common – they are full of Black men. Is this simply racial stereotyping or something more deep-rooted? We’ll be discussing where mental health plays its part in this cycle for young Black men, hearing from someone with lived experience.


“You speak English very well”; “you’re being aggressive”; “where are you from? No, I mean really from?”

Racial bias in health care is a significant issue for both Black medical staff and patient’s, often played out through micro-aggressions. But what are they and how can we improve interracial contact so that it helps to reduce racial health disparities?


Bisexuality is still taboo in some parts of the Black community, particularly for Black men. We’ll be talking to someone about the traumas he has experienced as a Black bisexual man and how mental health interventions can be better tailored to support their needs.


This will be the third instalment under the Black Mental Health Live banner, hosted by Adira, Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust and Sheffield Flourish.

During the previous two events, Black masculinity and trauma has come up time and time again as an important aspect of Black mental health. We wanted to give this topic the time and space it deserved to discuss, unpick, reflect and understand why suffering with mental-ill health is particularly difficult when you are Black and male.

“Brother, brother, brother,
there’s far too many of you dying”

Marvin Gaye

Our hosts & guests



A historic abuse survivor with lived experience of mental health issues. Who now runs her own survivor led mental health and well-being organisation.

Prof. Divine Charura

Dr. Divine Charura is a Professor of Counselling Psychology. He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council in England. Divine is also registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as an Adult Psychotherapist. He many has years of various work experience working with individuals and families presenting with Trauma in diverse psychiatric/clinical/social and therapeutic settings including the UK National Health Service (NHS), voluntary sector and private practice. He has presented keynote lectures at numerous international conferences including in South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Over the last 15 years Divine has also worked with refugees and asylum seekers internationally many of whom have been tortured and present with complex trauma. Divine’s psychotherapeutic interests are in exploring the therapeutic relationship when working with, diversity, complex psychological distress, trauma, love, families, relationships and their impact of on mental wellbeing. Divine has co-authored and edited numerous books in counselling, psychology and psychotherapy. His two latest published co-edited books are Love and Therapy: In relationship and The Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook: Origins, Developments and Current Applications. Divine has recently submitted a manuscript for a co-edited book entitled: Black Identities, White Therapies: Critical Positions and Radical Propositions. Respect in Diversity: The Significance of Identity in 21st Century Counselling and Psychotherapy. Edited By: Colin Lago and Divine Charura. PCCS Books Ltd., Monmout (Forthcoming Spring 2021). Divine is a lover of photography, art, music and outdoor pursuits.

Phil Jonas

Phil Jonas began his NHS career in 1989 as a trainee gardener at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, he was 16 at the time. This is Phil’s 32nd year in the NHS. In the mid-90s Phil also became a Trade Union representative and remains active today amassing over 25 years in that role. In 2006 Phil made a huge career change from gardening into a corporate role where he worked as a data analyst. In 2016 Phil was promoted to lead on Clinical Audit operations for the Trust. As well as his day job Phil also has other responsibilities within the Trust. Phil is responsible for BAME Mentoring and planning the annual BAME conference for the organisation. Phil is the Staff Side lead for Agenda for Change job evaluations. Phil is a trained Microsystems Coach and has been coaching the Community Enhancing Recovery Team (CERT) since 2015. Phil has a BA in Leadership and Management for Health & Social Care.

Dr Delroy Hall

Senior Counsellor, and Trainer

Dr Delroy Hall is a trained psychodynamic psychotherapist, a lifelong learner and currently works as a freelance senior counsellor, wellbeing practitioner, trainer, and independent scholar. He has a private consultancy Delwes Consultancy offering on-line counselling, coaching, training, seminars, and webinars sessions dealing with loss and grief, depression, anxiety, clergy stress and other tailor-made training packages to suit a variety of situations. Primarily, Dr Hall is committed to dealing with human pain while developing trust, so people can recover and thrive. He has extensive experience in leading groups, developing teams, and is committed to teaching, training, and human development.



A professional actor and presenter based in Sheffield who is passionate about breaking down the barriers and stigma associated with mental health.

Dale Taylor-Gentles

A lived experience leader and activist on youth homelessness, mental health and sexual health, Dale Taylor-Gentles is the Project Coordinator for the Black Healths Matters project at The Love Tank CIC. Previously a Peer Support worker for the non-for-profit Certitude London, Dale has continuously been a vocal advocate for mental health awareness and access to support. He studies sociology with a focus on the experiences of Black Queer men; loves story-telling, martial arts and video games.


My name is wilster mafoti and I’m going to talk about my struggles and issues with mental health and how adira the organisation works on tackling that but yeah I’m 22 years old from Sheffield and an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to become successful but use my money to give back To those in need , I have. A variety of hobbies as I’m forever looking for something to take on but I’d say i like football very much I like to write and read a lot as knowledge is power and I feel that’s my biggest weapon but yeah my struggles with mental health was addressed and I feel a chance since I got involved.

Richard Holder

Richard is currently service manager at North Kirklees and Calderdale IAPT and is a psychotherapist. He joined South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2006 and have been part of the Trust for 15 years in primary mental health care. He will be shortly be leaving his current role to take up a new role as a General Manager in Nottingham. Richard was born in Nottingham to a mixed heritage family with Irish, Cuban, Barbadian and Indian descent. He grew up severely dyslexic, leaving school struggling to read and write, with teachers saying he was intelligent but lazy in his studies. Richard taught his self to read and write through poetry and books. It was only in is twenties that he was diagnosed with dyslexia, finally getting the support to aid my learning. From the age of 18, Richard knew he wanted to be a psychotherapist, he was often told by teachers, friends and family that I should work with people because I had a vocational nature. Richard’s early career was spent working in retail for M&S in service leadership and training. He experienced challenges in the form of racial abuse from staff and costumers but was supported by other BAME staff who acted as unofficial networks of support. Although he knew what he wanted to be a psychotherapist, it took him a while to work out how to get there. Whilst at collage, he applied for and won an award and bursary from the Kennedy Foundation which helped Richard to enrol at Leeds Met University to study counselling and psychology. Richard went on to complete several post graduate qualifications in mental health, psychotherapy, and leadership. Richard currently sits South West Yorkshire BAME committee and is developing the Trust Race Forward network. Outside the NHS Richard is a trustee for a large regional charity and sits on the BABCP equalities committee.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced"
James Baldwin
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced"
James Baldwin