Race Equity and Mental Health is an online course that will give you tools to speak confidently about race and lead authentically, using the opportunities you have to dismantle racial inequities. Improve the mental health of your organisation by creating an equitable workplace for all employees. 

Benefits of the Race Equity and Mental Health course

This course will empower you to:

  • Gain the knowledge and tools to build your vision for race equity and mental health, along with impact measures to demonstrate your progress 

  • Challenge racism from the top and address workplace inequities faced by People of Colour and Black people 

  • Contributes to creating your race equity and mental health strategy 

  • Find space to have open conversations tailored to your organisation’s current race equity and mental health needs 

  • Create an equitable organisation where people feel they can bring their whole selves to work 

  • Retain and attract talent through role modelling allyship and inclusive leadership

Black employees are the most likely to feel that they need ​to leave their organisation to progress at 55% ​(Business in the Community, 2020)  Companies in the top quartile for ethnic/cultural diversity on executive teams were 33% more likely to have industry-leading profitability (McKinsey&Company, 2018)


 Delivered across three two-hour sessions and individual learning to fit into busy calendars. Sessions are: 

  • Grounded in case studies of real life experiences 

  • Research-based, using data and statistics to demonstrate disparities  

  • Designed to challenge the status quo 

  • Delivered by one Black or Person of Colour instructor and one White instructor to share lived experience and demonstrate allyship 

  • Facilitated in a safe space to enable open conversations 

The individual learning ahead of each live session helps you to consolidate knowledge and build clarity on your next steps.


£500 (+ VAT) per person

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Get in touch with our workplace mental health experts to book your place:

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We strive to create courses and resources that everyone can access. When you book training through MHFA England, please specify if you will need course materials in accessible formats.

Visit our accessibility page for more information.

Testimonial for Race Equity and Mental Health

"Get ready to open your eyes and ears and be ready to learn. We have all trodden a different path and for some this has been a difficult one. Our facilitators carefully guided us through the course, providing a safe space to learn about such an important subject."

Anita Wheeler
Head of Learning, Development and Internal Communications
Student Roost

Course structure

Individual learning (1 hour 30 minutes):

  • Organisation questions: a set of questions to explore internally with peers, key stakeholders, and groups who are leading on or informing this work
  • Reading and videos: visual content that will enable all learners to be in the same place when discussing anti-racism, racial disparities in mental health, and lived experience in the first session
Live session (2 hours):

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand how systemic racism, privilege, and power impacts the mental health of those in the workplace​
  • Identify what a good anti-racist organisation looks like for you, delivering positive mental health outcomes for your people​
  • Identify where you are currently in being actively anti-racist and mentally healthy​
  • Discuss how you can create a workplace that enables people to bring their whole selves to work

Individual learning (1 hour):

  • Vision and impact metrics questions: A set of questions to explore and build your vision for your workplace to make it mentally healthy and inclusive, along with questions to build out the measures for success
  • Looking after your mental health: Introducing the Stress Container as a resource to support your own mental health as you do this work

Live session (2 hours): 
By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe what a psychologically safe environment means in your workplace and how it links to mental health​
  • Understand what can happen in the workplace that can impact the mental health of Black people and People of Colour​
  • Describe the changes required to enable people to bring their whole selves to work

Individual learning (1 hour):

  • Activity questions: A set of questions to explore and build activities for your workplace that contribute to achieving your vision
  • Reading and videos: A set of videos that explore allyship and genuine empathy ahead of this session that draws on the key concepts

Live session (2 hours):
By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe what it means to be an ally to Black people and People of Colour in the workplace and what impact this has on mental health​
  • Demonstrate what it means to role model positive and active ​anti-racist behaviours​
  • Describe your own journey on anti-racism and your commitments to the organisation on how this will support the mental health of all
Individual learning (2 hours): 
  • Next step questions: a set of questions to build clarity and commitment in the next steps that need to be actioned to start making meaningful change
Follow up meeting (1 hour): 
  • Takes place 3 months after the course
  • Live meeting led by MHFA England to follow up with key stakeholders 
  • Review progress including: 
    • Vision and impact measures being implemented
    • Activity planning and implementation
    • Individual commitment and accountability