Lunch Hour Lecture | Where is home? Mapping the mental health impacts of the Windrush Scandal
06 October 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
In this lecture, Dr Burgess will give an insight into the experiences of Windrush communities and the work of the first study to map the mental health impacts of the Windrush scandal on those directly affected and their wider families.
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About the lecture:
Between 1948 and 1973, around 500,000 people arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries, answering the call for workers to take jobs in the newly-formed NHS and other sectors affected by Britain’s post-war labour shortage.
In 2017, news began to surface that hundreds of Commonwealth citizens of the ‘Windrush generation’ had been wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights. They endured lost employment, housing and livelihoods, and were forcibly separated from their families.
Dr Rochelle Burgess is now leading The Ties That Bind, the first study to map the mental health impacts of the Windrush scandal on those directly affected and their wider families. Over the course of six months, the project will record the experiences of those affected and document evidence that he team hopes will improve awareness of the ongoing traumas caused by the scandal and motivate policy action around mental health support for victims, families and communities. The absence of attention to the mental health needs of Windrush scandal survivors and their families is a huge gap that must be addressed. This project takes initial steps to raising awareness and discussion of the importance of these issues.
In this lecture, Dr Burgess will give an insight into the experiences of Windrush communities and the work of the study.
About the Speaker
Dr Rochelle Burgess
Associate Professor in Global Health and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, at the Institute for Global Health at UCL
Dr. Rochelle Burgess is an Associate Professor in Global Health and, Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. She is the founder and Director of UCL's Global Network on Mental Health and Child Marriage. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, member of the ESRC peer review college, UK Trauma Council, among other affiliations.
Dr. Burgess is interested in the promotion of community approaches to health globally, and views communities as a route to understanding and responding to the political economy of poor health, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of broader development issues such as poverty, gender, systems of governance, and community mobilisation (civil society). For the past decade she has focused largely on mental wellbeing and the experience of common mental disorders and is a leading voice in the emerging field of social interventions in Global Mental Health. She leads a range of projects that focus on the development of community mental health interventions (in South Africa, Colombia, UK and Zimbabwe) and has contributed her methodological and mental health expertise to projects on community led responses to other health challenges, such as child health in Nigeria, and multimorbidity in South Africa.