Everyone should have an equal right to good mental health. But they don’t. We believe this is fundamentally unfair.

Thrive LDN and partners view diversity as not just an added extra, but one of our most valuable assets of our city. However, evidence and insights gathered from Londoners has shown that huge variation exist in terms of both experiences and outcomes, depending on who you are.

London is home to more than a million European Union citizens and more than 40% of Londoners identify as belonging to Asian, Black Mixed or Other ethnic groups. London also has a vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community. It is a global city where people from different countries, cultures and classes live together, side-by-side.

Intersectionality is the idea that people experience discrimination differently depending on their overlapping identities.

In other words, individuals and communities with multiple backgrounds, particularly minority groups, are more likely to experience exclusion, discrimination and bias.

Right to Thrive is an ongoing commitment to celebrate and protect diversity in London, especially for those at higher risk of unfair treatment based on their identity, beliefs or social class.

Taking a person-centred approach

Commencing in 2018, Thrive LDN partnered with the research agency Revealing Reality to undertake a study exploring the lives of a diverse group of more than 150 Londoners.

The research took a person-centred approach, enabling people to tell their own stories in their own words. The resulting report Keeping Londoners Well (2019) highlights the role that stigma and discrimination may have in contributing to negative life experiences and puts forward a community-based approach to addressing this.

Right To Thrive Grants Scheme

Thrive LDN’s new Right to Thrive grants scheme has awarded more than £170,000 to 24 community and grassroots projects across London to help support the mental health and wellbeing of those who are experiencing higher levels of unfair treatment and discrimination.

The projects range from supporting mental health outcomes for refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants, providing a safe space for Black, Asian and minority ethnic women, as well as establishing a community choir, creative activities, community rugby for young black men, and expanding spaces for LGBT Southeast Asians. All projects aim to improve the wellbeing of people from intersectional and marginalised communities in London.

Partnership with Brixton Reel

As part of Thrive LDN’s commitment to consider intersectionality and support marginalised communities, Thrive LDN has supported the growth and sustainability of Brixton Reel Film Festival, which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of marginalised London communities through film-based outreach projects.

Brixton Reel worked with partners and individuals from the Black LGBTQ+, Asian LGBTQ+, Latino LGBTQ+ and transgender communities to understand what wellbeing means to them and provide support and engagement appropriate to their needs.