Hari Sewell: recent publications

Mental health services: 'What is it about your outreach that makes it hard to reach our Black communities?

The term 'hard to reach' is quite stigmatising and diminishing. If we’re hard to reach, it suggests we're the problemI'm not interested in trying to replace this term with phrases like ‘seldom heard’, 'hard to engage', or 'reachable distance'. Though they may have their merits, no language will perfectly represent our communities' concerns.

In my opinion, they shift the goalpost towards focusing on the words themselves and distract us from engaging with the real issues.'What is it about your outreach work that makes it hard to reach us?' I want to turn the spotlight onto mental health organisations and services with this question. I don’t think it’s asked enough, and I don’t think it’s answered well enough.Hari Sewell, founding director of

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