The main aim of this website is to show our research and academic study into the health and wellbeing of African Caribbean people. In the UK, this refers to people who originate from the Caribbean islands and have an African ancestry. This includes people who describe themselves as ‘Black British’, ‘Black Caribbean’, ‘Mixed’ heritage, and others.
Whilst Researching African Caribbean Health (ReACH) focuses on people of African Caribbean origin, it also aims to create discussion and improve understanding by highlighting similarities and differences with the health and wellbeing of other ethnic groups.
This website contains:
- information of the work being undertaken at The University of Manchester
- links to the work of researchers and resources from across the Caribbean diaspora; including the Caribbean, USA, Canada and elsewhere in the UK
We therefore actively encourage colleagues to share their work via the ReACH website. Contact us if you are interested.
Why research African Caribbean health?
Whilst African Caribbean people share much in common with all ethnic groups and other Black groups in particular; historical, political and socio-cultural forces have profoundly influenced their health and wellbeing in specific ways.
In the UK, this is most evident in the area of mental health. African Caribbeans in the UK are much more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses than any other ethnic groups. However, they are much less likely to be diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders. There are a number of theories for why this might be the case. In addition to developing these theories and testing hypotheses, we are also committed to working with others to develop effective, evidence-based interventions (see research).