Adira in association with SHSC & Flourish present:

LIVE: Thursday 14th Jan 2021 @ 19:15 GMT

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LGBT and young people in the black community Denying ourselves/existing as two minorities at a time.

Racism in universities
Society Vs Culture.

A young black man sharing his lived experience story of mental health issues. Mental health in the community for young black men in general.

Different attitude toward mental health- younger generation are more likely to speak up More of a soldier mentality in foreign home.

ADIRA, Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust & Flourish are working together to put on this event giving young black people from an African-Caribbean background a platform and a space to speak their truth.

We are hopeful that in doing this, it will encourage and support other young black people to not only speak out and speak up but to come forward for help.

We want to raise awareness of the issues, the causes and what we can do as adults to support mental health in young black people and help them to bring about change in our community.

We also want to learn more from the young black people in our community about what they want and need from us, the adults and the mental health services and how we can better work together to provide the care and support that’s needed.


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.


I am a 21 year old black rights and black pride activist with a keen focus on the youth and mental health. As a student and an African immigrant I have experienced many aspects of society and social groups, equipped with the knowledge of self that I have gained i hope to be part of the generation that propells our community forward. I feel this can be achieved through encouraging difficult discussions about mental health, social pressures and self identity. My truest belief is that if we work on healing the underlining wounds present in the black mental health and society, we can create a brighter future for the young men and women fighting to realise their dreams. Through knowledge, acceptance and love of self we can unmute a generation and create confident and powerful future leaders.


I'm a 25 year old bisexual woman, finding my place in the community and regularly confusing strangers with the power of their perception of my appearance.



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


I'm 23. I'm currently studying aerospace engineering at Sheffield Hallam university. Born in Nigeria. Grew up in Dagenham and now currently living in Manchester. Finally I enjoy discussing and understanding different psychological, social and political matters.


aka Ra'Siah

22 year old rapper, will be talking about my own experiences with mental health and issues surrounding how they are viewed from my own perspective and the systems approach to dealing with them when it comes to young black men.

"It takes a village to raise a child, the child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel it's warmth."
African proverb
"It takes a village to raise a child, the child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel it's warmth."
African proverb