Helping Communities for Over 20 Years
BAME is a term that covers a range of ethnic groups with different experiences. Research suggests that those in BAME communities with addiction and mental health problems find it even harder to access the right treatment and support, keeping these issues locked in without any support and treatment can exacerbate the problem and can result in poor health outcomes and quality of life for these communities.
Discrimination, stigma and economic inequalities also have a impact on mental health this can also lead to addictions to help manage problems.
Addiction and mental health is a taboo topic with many people prevented from even being able to discuss these problems due to shame and cultural stigma.
Our goal is to help those in need in BAME and marginalised communities who are struggling to find the right support and treatment. Since being founded in 2000, our mission has been to help marganlized communties access treatment and support at the point of need.
We understand the pressures of daily life, to meet the needs of our service users we offer also offer support in the evenings and weekends.
An example of our work in the community is Talib Hussain, boxing coach and 15 years volunteering for (A)OPTA, at the Birmingham City Boxing Club, he has provided mentorship and coaching that promotes emotional health through emphasis on physical health which improves general mental health and well-being. This programme has been hugely successful with teenagers who have lost their way and become inloved in substance misuse. The (A)OPTA programme of intervention targets negative behaviours and promotes alternate coping behaviours by improving well being and self esteem.
Whether we are conducting research for a local charity or running a harm reduction initiative our mission is always to help those at the point of need.