Why does Germany need targeted mental health aid?
23 Jul 2020
Why does Germany need targeted mental health aid?

Anti-immigrant narratives and institutionally embedded racism are having a detrimental effect on the mental health of Germany’s ethnic minority communities, yet many affected individuals avoid getting support. So, how can employers and healthcare providers overcome this hesitance to seek aid?

Felicia Lazaridou

Felicia Lazaridou is a psychologist from London and now based in Berlin who focuses on racism, intersectionality, and empowerment from the perspective of Black and ethnic minorities.

Dr. Amma Yeboah

Dr. Amma Yeboah specialises in psychiatry and psychotherapy, as well as working as a supervisor, empowerment trainer for minorities, and a psychodynamic supervisor and coach. Alongside her anti-sexist and anti-racist work, her teaching and research focuses on gender medicine, mental health and racism, as well as intersectionality in medicine, among other areas.

Cengiz Barskanmaz

Cengiz Barskanmaz is a legal scholar with a transnational and interdisciplinary approach to law. His research interests include comparative constitutional law, international and European law, non-discrimination law, human rights, and critical race theory. He is currently conducting a legal ethnography of Yazidis in Germany.

Gouri Sharma

Gouri Sharma is an internationally renowned independent journalist from London living in Berlin writing for international media sites including Al Jazeera English and Deutsche Welle. Amid a career spanning nearly two decades, including five years on the production desk for Al Jazeera's flagship media critique show The Listening Post, Gouri now writes on issues such as race, culture, migration, history, and sexual health and wellness. With each report, she aims to draw out the individual story amid the wider political or historical context; centring the human story is a priority, in particular amplifying the voices of those from marginalised communities whose stories are not as visible.