These are external links and will open in a new window. Now that I am older I can fully understand why someone would quit over their hair. Alice Dearing, a year-old student at Loughborough University, is one of Great Britain's top female marathon swimmers. She's also currently the only black swimmer on Team GB and is only the second to represent them in the water.
Journalist Marverine Cole explores why some black women in the UK are more prone to anxiety and depression. She meets two young women who, for decades, have battled to stay well. Research suggests that women of African-Caribbean heritage living in the UK are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, panic attacks and OCDs than white women. A recent study by academics at Cambridge University also revealed a disturbing rise in the rates of self-harm among black women aged Is the age old "strong, independent and sassy" black woman stereotype to blame? Or, as some clinical experts argue, are there far deeper issues at play like culture and black history? Marverine meets Jay, 33 and Jade, 39 - two Birmingham women who bravely discuss the challenges their mental illnesses present, from the harrowing experience of being sectioned and hospitalised, through to the frustrations they have about their own treatment and community care.
‘Where are the Black girls in our CSA services, studies and statistics?’
A year-old and I had no one to speak to. Makeda is one of eight Black women who took part in a small-scale qualitative study I undertook as part of my ongoing PhD research exploring why little is still known about the experiences of child sexual abuse CSA among Black British girls. One of the main themes the women talked about was how perceptions of Black women and girls impact on the identification and disclosure of abuse.