Support if you have experienced racism or discrimination

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Part of Inequalities and inclusion in NHS providers

If you have been affected by racism or discrimination in your workplace, we’ve put together a list of organisations that can offer advice, information and support.

This list is not comprehensive, but we have included organisations that offer support across a range of topics. Not all the organisations listed below will provide the support you need, or you may not feel able to approach some of them, so please use your discretion.

Your organisation

Within your organisation or service you may feel able to approach: 

  • your line manager
  • the occupational health department
  • the HR department, or an equality, diversity and inclusion manager (if there is one)
  • the freedom-to-speak-up guardian.

Other sources of advice and information

Support for your mental and emotional wellbeing 

Your GP can provide health and wellbeing advice and there may also be a staff wellbeing service within your organisation. 

There are also a number of organisations that can provide help and support regarding your mental and emotional wellbeing.  

Organisations offering support for NHS workers: 

  • Project5 – a not-for-profit offering self-help resources and free one-to-one support for NHS staff
  • Harley Therapy – is running free one-to-one support sessions for NHS staff
  • Our Frontline – has compiled information about help and support services for those working in health or social care. It has a text service, available any time, and a helpline, open 7am–11pm, for those based in England

Third sector organisations  

  • Black Thrive – a Lambeth-based partnership dedicated to reducing inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services
  • Black Minds Matter UK – a charity supporting Black people to access mental health services 
  • The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network – a network offering resources and information relating to mental health and wellbeing
  • Samaritans – a national mental health charity offering a free helpline service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Mind– a national mental health charity providing information, advice and support 
  • Rethink – a national charity offering advice and information relating to mental health and wellbeing  
  • National Bullying Helpline – a national charity with a helpline that is available 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday  

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