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Our Approach

Our Approach

The FS2T programme takes a practical, solutions-orientated approach to improving the mental well being of Black people living in Britain.
Our focus is to help people to be the best they can, therefore avoiding mental ill-health altogether. This method of using prevention and early intervention will be key to reducing the £105bn of annual costs that the government has attributed to mental ill-health. While recognising the seriousness and scale of the problem we focus on creating wellness rather than struggling with the problem.
We agree with Buckminster Fuller’s statement that “you cannot change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something build a new model that makes the other obsolete”.

 

Prevention over treatment!

Research also indicates that early intervention, increases the likelihood of full recovery and greatly reduces the cost of treating someone in psychiatric institution.
ln this project we are building capacity in communities at the same time as efforts to persist, to bring health services closer to the those who use them.
Prevention

‘‘A small increase in levels of well being can produce a large decrease in mental health problems across all people in mental health problems across people of all ages’’ (Foresight report, 1998)
We focus on creating wellness, rather than taking the costly and unsustainable approach of waiting for illness to emerge.

Early Intervention

‘‘Many of the personal, social and economic costs could be prevented, by addressing the causes of these problems and identifying and treating them if, and as soon as, they arise” (Department of Health, 2011)”

Engagement

‘‘Encouraging and enabling everyone to realise potential throughout their lives will be crucial for our future prosperity and well being (Foresight report, 2008)

Education

‘‘In the words of Viktor Frankl, ““Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”
Our participative, interactive, education methods builds capacity in people to claim their freedom over adverse situations by equipping them with tools for improving their well being.

Whole System Change

Not only do we engage with individuals and groups of people from Black communities but we also work with practitioners and decision makers in various public sector institutions that also influence the creation of wellness.