Today Maudsley Learning launches an innovative new event that hopes to challenge stereotypes and broaden perspectives in regards to racism in mental health by considering the impact of classism.

Chaired by Dr.Dele Olajide, a well respected Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), this round table conference entitled "Deconstructing Racism in Psychiatry- The Impact of Classism" will explore the  ecological and cultural perspectives that have previously been given little to no consideration in academic and scholarly discourse on the multifactorial causes of why black and ethnic minority people are over represented in mental health services.

"I believe it is important to deconstruct racism as the principal determinant causal factor in explaining the coercive and aversive experience of service users from minority communities. It is imperative to attempt to determine a new paradigm of scholarship and research  which will permit a rational  reconstruction based on available evidence from other academic traditions other than psychiatry.”  says Dr Dele Olajide.

For over ten years now the NHS and in particular mental health units across the country have been branded "institutionally racist".

Today the launch of an event ran by Maudsley Learning, a social enterprise providing accessible learning for mental health and wellbeing, hopes to challenge orthodox opinions about mentally ill patients from the black and minority communities and consider not just the impact of racism but also classism when working with patients from these communities.

This exciting evening of discussion and debate aims to deconstruct the prevalent idea that racism is the root cause of mental illness in black and ethnic minorities and reconstruct a new model which provides a broader understanding. Also speaking at the event are Sir Robin M Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at Institute of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant at SLaM, Dr David Ndegwa, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at SLaM, Patrick Vernon OBE, Health Partnership Coordinator at National Housing Federation and Dr Hannah Bradby, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Uppsala, Sweden.

The event will be held at Maudsley Learning’s award-winning ORTUS learning and events centre, 82-96 Grove Lane, London, SE5 8SN on 20th May from 17:00-19:50. Tickets cost £10 and concessions £6.

For more information or to register for the event please visit

Maudsley Learning

ORTUS learning and events centre

82 – 96 Grove Lane

Denmark Hill

London SE5 8SN



Contact: Jonathan Price


Telephone: 020 3701 1641

Maudsley Learning is a non-profit subsidiary of the Maudsley Charity, a global leader in research, education and investment in mental health and wellbeing. Maudsley Learning provides and supports world-class and accessible learning in mental health and wellbeing. Working with its world-class clinical and academic partners across King’s Health Partners, Maudsley Learning is able to provide learning events at its multi-award winning ORTUS learning and events centre in Camberwell, London and soon via its digital platform Maudsley Learning Online.