Self-Care and Wellbeing for Ethnically Diverse Women

Mental health experts provide insight on the knowledge taken from a number of years experience.

This toolkit, Self-Care and Wellbeing for Ethnically Diverse Women, has been funded by The Prince of Wales
Charitable Foundation
. It aims to support ethnically diverse women with recognising, naming and developing ways to cope with the unique mental health challenges they face at work.

About Self-Care and Wellbeing for Ethnically Diverse Women

Developed in partnership with race and mental health experts, this toolkit is a collation of techniques that practitioners have utilised across a number of years. The themes within it have been piloted with more than 300 individuals who felt that it resonated with their experiences and would be beneficial for their wellbeing. This toolkit does not have all the answers. It draws from collective experiences to remind Black, Asian and ethnic minority women that they are not alone, so that they can pause, reflect and be reminded of their value.

Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community (BITC) says;
“On reading this toolkit, my personal advice is, tap into sources that bring you contentment and joy, whether it is your faith, an art project or a walk in nature, to help keep your optimism. Surround yourself with a support network that you love and trust. Some of you may feel inspired to create a safe space with others to share some of the tools within this kit.”

About Business in the Community’s race equality campaign

In addition to supporting individuals with self-care, Business in the Community’s (BITC) race equality campaign has been tackling the systemic root causes of racial disparities at work for more than 25 years. This toolkit supplements guidance in BITC’s Mental Health and Wellbeing for Ethnically Diverse Women: A Practical Guide for Managers.

The Race at Work campaign was established by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1995 with the support of key business leaders who recognised the demographic shift in existing and future populations. It brings together expertise from a network of private and public sector partners to offer tailored advice and share new insights to drive long-term change.

Action by employers could boost the UK economy by £24 billion annually1. Businesses with ethnically diverse senior teams financially outperform competitors by 36%2. However, these potential gains are being stifled by the unequal barriers faced by ethnic minorities in the workplace. BITC is committed to empowering employers to tap into this economic potential by accelerating change for Black, Asian and ethnic minority employees.

There are two key actions leaders can take today to amplify your commitment to improving equality of opportunity in the workplace.

Find out more about BITC’s race equality campaign.

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References
  1. McGregor-Smith (2017) Race in the workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review, 28 February.
  2. McKinsey & Co, (2020) Diversity wins: How inclusion matters, 19 May.