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Here at Off The Record, we challenge mental health inequalities and stigma experienced by Black and Minority Ethnic people (BME) in Croydon.

The Croydon community is a growing, diverse population and we believe that mental health services should respond to the needs of local young BME people.

We are calling for:

  • Mental health services and treatments that are appropriate and responsive to the needs of young BME people.

  • The elimination of unfair treatment experienced by BME people within mental health services and primary healthcare settings.

  • Communities to be engaged in the planning of mental health services

  • A complete reduction of mental health stigma within BME communities

  • Better and improved sharing of information and good practice

What we're working on

  • With Croydon Drop In, we're providing counselling and wellbeing support to young people who have been arrested for incidents directly/indirectly related to Serious Youth Violence. Information for professionals.
  • Youth violence support delivered by our CHRIS service; a team of outreach counsellors and mental health practitioners that works with young people aged 14-25 in Croydon affected by violence.
  • Weekly drop-in and information stall at Croydon College on Tuesdays.
  • Trim 'N' Grin engagement sessions offering free haircuts to young people during half-term and summer holidays.

Past projects

Money on My Mind

A finance and wellbeing series designed to support young people through the cost of living crisis.


Thriving Not Just Surviving

A three-year funded program to deliver accessible mental health support for young men and boys in Croydon and Merton.


Kicking Through Covid

We partnered with I'mPossible to deliver fitness videos and virtual thai boxing-based self-defence sessions.


#NoTrim Challenge

During lockdown, young men embraced their hair growth for our challenge and shared their no trim looks.


Mind My Hair, Hear My Mind

This pilot project explored the relationship between barbers and their customers through photography.


Mind The Gap Report

A report shedding insight into the experiences of BME service users navigating their way through the mental health system.


Call us

Support Line 0800 980 7475

Monday to Saturday, 3 to 6pm

Croydon Service 020 8251 0251

Merton Service 020 3984 4004

Sutton Service 020 8680 8899