African and Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS) is a community based organisation providing free confidential and culturally appropriate services predominantly to African and African Caribbean people aged 18 and above suffering from mental ill health.
ACMHS was established in October 1989 as a direct result of concerns expressed in the community about the frequency with which second generation African and African Caribbean youths were admitted to psychiatric hospitals and the regional forensic unit.
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) predominantly to African and African Caribbean people as well as other minority groups including White Europeans across North, South and Central Manchester, for people experiencing common mental health disorders (CMHDs), depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), health anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias and post traumatic stress (PTS) - IAPT Flyer
- Secondary Care: Culturally sensitive services to African and African Caribbean people within Greater Manchester who are experiencing severe and enduring mental health conditions eg: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, other psychological issue. We also offer support at tribunals, multi-disciplinary meetings, case management, assessment and provide self-help materials and guidance - Secondary Care, support for severe or enduring conditions Flyer
- Counselling: CBT, person centred and couples - Counselling Flyer
- Activities: Life skills, art, sports, discussions and trips
- Music Project (Positive Vibrations)
- Advocacy – for service users and their families ie: hospital visiting, advice on Mental Health Act, medication, diagnosis, benefits, housing
- Groups - Carers, Women and Men providing information, advice, support, trips, respite, learning and development
- Training ie: race and mental health, cultural awareness and mental wellbeing for adults and young people
- Placements (social workers, occupational therapists, community and youth workers, nurses, social change, medical and counselling students)
- Volunteer support services – facilitating drop-ins, person centred counselling, befriending and hospital visiting
- Advice surgery: Every Tuesday, 10 – 12pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre