Working to prioritise and advance the representation and experiences of Black people in psychiatry and psychology.
The BiPP Network provides a community for registered and prospective mental health professionals who self-identify as Black African or from the diaspora, Caribbean or mixed heritage to acquire social, emotional, psychological and developmental support.
It was founded in 2019 in response to the gross underrepresentation of Black professionals in psychological academic teaching and mental health practice.
We work to advance the representation of Black people in psychiatry and psychology by hosting events and activities which address and tackle racial inequalities in the mental health profession.
We also provide advice, guidance and consultancy to organisations who wish to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
To increase knowledge and awareness of accessing career pathways in psychiatry and psychology
To provide insight and guidance on equitable, inclusive, and decolonial practices in psychiatry and psychology
To promote and develop a community for Black students, practitioners, professionals and researchers
To provide psycho-education on Black people’s mental health and wellbeing
OUR EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Since our inception in September 2019, we have been successful in hosting several conference, training and online events which provide advice, share knowledge and empower Black aspiring psychologists from a range of disciplines.
These have included our inaugural event, mental health conference, reflective practice events, race in psychiatry and psychology lecture series, and in conversation with Black professors conference.
Our #NewFaceofPsychology campaign also hosted over 25 Twitter and Instagram live events with trainee clinical, educational, forensic, occupational, and counselling psychologists.
Dr Shubulade Smith CBE
Academic and Consultant Psychiatrist
"To those wanting and needing to understand more about the Black perspective with respect to mental health and mental health services, BiPP is the place to start. Whether you are a professional or someone who might have to use services, BiPP provides an up-to-date understanding, using experts with a diverse range of experience, who are top of their game."
Dr Noreen Dera
Clinical Psychologist and Co-founder of Breaking Bad
"I had the pleasure of facilitating a reflective session for DClinPsy interviewees in March. I would highly recommend other organisations to collaborate with the fantastic work they are doing to advance the profile of Black people in psychiatry and psychology"
Dr Roberta Babb
Registered Clinical Psychologist & Registered Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
"The BiPP Network are a thoughtful and psychologically minded group of individuals who work hard to bring a wide range of timely, interesting and accessible learning events and reflective spaces to the African and Caribbean therapist community. It was a privilege to be invited by BiPP Network to deliver an event focused on Racial Trauma and Wellbeing, and working with them was a pleasure."
THE PSYCHOLOJIST PODCAST
The Psycholojist is an exciting new web series hosted by our Partnerships Director Deji. He invites psychologists and mental health practitioners from racialised backgrounds to debate thought-provoking topics on human behaviour central to the community. These topics are interpreted through various theories within psychology, ranging from discussions on the Psychology of Education, the Psychology of Trust, growing up within African parents and the impact of social media on our mental health.