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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

  • Weekly drop-in and information stall at Croydon College on Tuesdays and fornightly on Thursdays at Coulsdon College.
  • In partnership with London Southbank University (LSBU) and Croydon BME Forum, we launched a UK-first project¬†to train London-based barbers in testing blood pressure.
  • Trim 'N' Grin¬†engagement sessions offering free haircuts to young people during half-term and summer holidays.
  • Parents support group at New Addington Baptist Church every fortnight (Fridays) which provides coping strategies, peer support and practical skills to parents.

Past projects

Money on My Mind

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

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Thriving Not Just Surviving

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

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Kicking Through Covid

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

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#NoTrim Challenge

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

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Mind My Hair, Hear My Mind

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

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Mind The Gap Report

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

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Call us

Support Line 0800 980 7475

Monday - Friday, 3-6pm; Saturdays, 10am-1pm

Croydon Service 020 8251 0251

Merton Service 020 3984 4004

Sutton Service 020 8680 8899

Email us

General enquiries info@talkofftherecord.org