Black Mind was born out of the injustice and medical trauma experienced by Black Mind Founder & Creative Director, Ezenwanyi Amarachi Rachel Nwokoro.
Like countless others who are unseen and unheard, in 2019, Amarachi Rachel experienced violence at the hands of the police and state psychiatric services. During a mental health crisis, Amarachi was illegally searched, arrested and traumatised while home alone due to ableist-sexist and racist profiling.
After a three year long justice battle, she has finally won her legal case against the Metropolitan Police and received a small yet historic formal acknowledgement of:
- the falsification of her medical records
- admitted liability for her 34 hours of false imprisonment while detained during an unlawful search of her person and home.
Black Mind is at the beginning of a long journey towards building large-scale change to ensure the safety of Black women, femmes and vulnerable people in mental distress.
In a world with failing accountability systems, we ask:
Who heals the healers?”
“Who guards the guards?”
Amarachi Rachel is reclaiming her voice and story as a Survivor.
Unfortunately, so many do not get the opportunity or platform to share their own lived experience safely. Black Mind as an organisation stands with all Black people living in Britain. In this space, we Say Her Name and the names of other Black women and transfeminine harm survivors. We acknowledge the pain caused by misogynoir and therefore amplify our connection to our forgotten, erased sisters.
Below are the names of some Black women and girl ancestors, lost souls and survivors of violence. We welcome you to submit any names, via the form below, and we will Say Her Name and add them to this page.