"See the person, not the problem"... This quote from the film-makers summarises the contribution of 'Beyond Prejudice' to our understanding of mental health issues for black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland.
'Beyond Prejudice' explores the lived experiences of those who suffer from mental illness from ethnic minority groups. In particular, those who have overcome depression are interviewed. Many of those interviewed highlight the value of being active outside of the home, and identify that interaction, socialisation, and regaining an enthusiasm for life that was lost are important factors in recovery. The need for shared support amongst ethnic minority individuals suffering from mental illness is presented in the film, and identifies that those who have recovered have a great deal of knowledge and experience to equip them to support others.
'Beyond Prejudice' addresses medical and non-medical interventions in aiding recovery, and emphasises that finding an individual identity, and a voice, are important for all those who have recovered from mental illness in black and ethnic minority communities.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the making of this DVD by sharing their personal and professional experiences. This DVD was developed and made by GAMH, VOX and ‘See Me’ with support from NHS Health Scotland. It was funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and ‘See Me’. Finally we would like to thank all of the community members who have taken part in Mosaics of Meaning at various stages between 2005 and 2010 for sharinf their thoughts and insights with us.