Black Students Talk

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What is Black Students Talk (BST)?

Black Students Talk (BST)* is a peer support group that provides safe, supportive and therapeutic spaces for Black students to meet, share, learn, and manage our mental health & wellbeing at King’s College London.

You can read the BST 20/21 Report here

Who is Black Students Talk (BST) for?

University students at King’s College London who identify as Black (African, Caribbean, Mixed with Black heritage, African diaspora).

Why does Black Students Talk exist (BST)?

As university students we experience complex academic, psychological, social, emotional and financial pressures. Black students face specific pressures that often affect our mental health and therefore, our university experience and outcome. We want to help make the lives of all Black students at King’s College London as happy, healthy and successful as possible.

What do Black Students Talk (BST) sessions offer?

  • one-to-one/group discussions using culturally relevant/specific psychoeducation
  • help accessing appropriate mental health services within the university and wider community
  • a ‘home away from home’ to connect with other Black students
  • visiting speakers from Black mental health organisations
  • resources designed and delivered by trained facilitators

Who are the Facilitators?

You can read the profiles from our four BST Facilitators below (images coming soon)!

Morgan

What’s up guys! I’m Morgan and I’m in my second year studying psychology. In my free time you’ll catch me playing football or binging on netflix. Looking forward to a good year ahead with BST! 

Sapphire 

My name is Sapphire, studying MSc Mental Health Studies after graduating from King’s. I am passionate about challenging racial inequality, particularly in mental health care, and higher education, so being a part of BST has been an amazing experience, and I look forward to talking, learning and listening with you all <3 

Jhanelle 

I am Jhanelle, a 3rd Year PhD Student and Facilitator for BST. I enjoy listening to music and exploring London, the city I have been lucky enough to call home for the past six years! BST is something I hold very dear and an irreplaceable space to share, learn, and grow. I can't wait to meet the community we will build this coming year! 

Chinelo 

My name is Chinelo and I study medicine. I’m passionate about engaging with communities and helping students have their voices heard. During my very long time at King’s, I’ve enjoyed being a part of societies, volunteering with charities and even tried my hand at some trade union work. I love music and dance, so if you’re at a BST session, it’s probably my playlist you’re hearing! 

How do I attend the Black Students Talk (BST) sessions?

This year, BST sessions are being held in-person! Sessions will take place on a Tuesday or Thursday evening once every two weeks, usually at Guy’s Campus.

In Semester 1 we be piloting a new kind of session called Black Students Move (BSM) which will involve a popular workout and take place at the King’s gyms.

Here are the dates, times and locations for the Term 1 BST Sessions:

Where can I keep up-to-date with BST?

Follow Black People Talk on Twitter: @BPTwellbeing

Join the BST Teams Chat

Follow the Peer Support Instagram: coming soon!

*BST is part of the national Black People Talk (BPT), an initiative founded by Yannick Yalipende and Nkasi Stoll that aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Black community in the UK.