CAPSA is a partnership between Black Thrive Lambeth and the Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance. This service has been designed by, with and for Black community members within Lambeth. Community, belonging and a shared sense of identity is at the centre of what we do.
Our service exists to improve the mental wellbeing and recovery journeys of people of African and/or Caribbean heritage in Lambeth.
We support Black members of the Lambeth community with a range of mental health, social care and access needs through peer support and advocacy with a commitment to anti-racism.
Peer support is when a person uses their own experiences to support someone who shares similar experiences. People who have experienced challenges with their mental health can offer a level of understanding and practical support to help others to access services that work for them or activities that bring them joy. Peer support can help people to make real progress in their recovery. Our peer support workers all have lived experience with mental health issues and are able to help you on your journey to better mental health and wellbeing.
Advocates work with people who are accessing or wish to access mental health services to enable their voices to be heard. They work with members of the community to help them to explore their rights and options. They support people to access information that will help them to make informed decisions about their care. They can also offer moral support by contacting people on your behalf or accompanying people to appointments.
CAPSA was designed by, with and for Black people, with community at the heart of our programme. Our service is for people of African and/or Caribbean heritage. We have created a collaborative space where professional expertise and lived experience are valued equally. We want everyone involved to feel empowered and able to bring their whole self to discussion. This is vital if we are to bring about changes in the system and improve Black communities’ experiences of accessing support for their mental wellbeing.
We have intentionally designed a service that acknowledges the impact of anti-Black racism on our wellbeing. Structural inequality can negatively impact our physical and mental health. This service seeks to provide support that will enable Black communities in Lambeth to flourish.
We have spoken with many grassroot organisations within Lambeth and have developed a Trusted Partners Network. Our Trusted Partners will support the CAPSA service by providing service users with information, services and support they need on their recovery journeys. This may include activities that improve their physical health, housing advice or debt management. Our Trusted Partners will be expected to have an excellent understanding of the local and cultural context of our service users’ lives.
Our values are based upon the following principles, we hope to empower Black communities to both realise and embrace their potential:
We are keen to reach as many Black people as possible in Lambeth. If you are interested in accessing the service or you think that someone in your network may benefit from our service, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help speed up the process you can download the self-referral form. We know that not everyone will be able to answer every question, and that is okay. Please complete the form to the best of your ability.
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