Applying our human-centred design approach we wanted to understand better what mental health means within BAME communities, what essential challenges to address, plus what solutions the communities would like to see implemented to break down barriers.
We partnered with Cultural Intelligence Hub, planning research and prototyping ideas to share with research participants to gain insights and hear stories from young people across five key cities (London, Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham and Leicester).
During the engagement, we conducted workshops and shared a range of lo-fi artefacts to inform the broader project conversation. We believed an additional way to gather additional insights into the cultural differences, as well as similarities, would be to introduce prototyping early in the process.
By better understanding, the barriers, attitudes and beliefs young people have concerning mental health/mental health research, and what factors further discourage people from accessing help, we will be better placed to identify and invest in opportunities for change that will lead to impact.