The Mind Us Project
The Mind us Project is a 12-month development programme for Black African and Caribbean final year medical students, which focuses on educational advancement and wellbeing support. Final year medical students enrolled onto this programme will receive mentorship, medical education, and virtual learning sessions. We wanted to develop a project that focused on nurturing student educational enhancement as well as resilience and wellbeing, in order to make the transition from medical school to being a junior doctor as smooth as possible.
This Nurture Your Wellbeing blog series will run in tandem with the Mind Us Project, providing a safe space for us all to reflect on the importance of our mental wellbeing through these unsettling times. It is our hope that we can all gain strength, resilience, and the knowledge of how to nurture our well-being through innovative projects like Mind Us, and the power of reflection.
The Power of Reflection: Why is the Mind Us Project so Vital?
2020. It has been a tumultuous year encapsulated by that virus, the re-awakening of the BLM movement and social activists aiming to tackle the systemic racism encroached in our society. We have all been given the opportunity to reflect on what truly matters to us – and how to protect the things that mean the most to us.
A recent Melanin Medics survey exploring the wellbeing of 152 Black African and Caribbean medical students revealed 89% of respondents felt COVID-19 had impacted their wellbeing, with 60% expressing concerns that COVID-19 would affect their career progression.(1)
With further worrying evidence of a wide disparity in deaths from COVID-19 amongst BAME people compared to their white counterparts, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) created a series of immediate steps that can be implemented as risk mitigation for BAME staff – identifying health and wellbeing support as a priority (See Figure 1).(2)
Figure 1: Risk Mitigation for BAME Staff. This multifaceted plan created by the Royal College of Psychiatry identifies health and wellbeing support as a priority for risk mitigation.(2)