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We Tell You

Perceptions: The We Tell You Findings Report.

A Peer Based Community Research Project exploring Young Black Men’s Perspectives on Mental Health.

42nd Street & Patrick Williams, Academic Adviser.

With the release of the final report imminent, why not take the opportunity to watch some of the films created as part of the project. The full film, Real Talk is an interview with several young black men and professionals, exploring their perceptions of mental health and the changes which need to be made to services and the wider mental health system to ensure their needs are met. You can also watch these as a series of shorts which are approximately 3 minutes in length.

Head across to our YouTube Channel to watch the shorts and share far and wide!



We Tell You Peer Based Community Research Interim Findings for Young Black Men’s Perspectives on Mental Health

42nd Street & Patrick Williams, Academic Adviser.

This report presents the interim findings of the ‘We Tell You’ research project which commenced in April 2013 and is due for completion in July 2016.  The project has been divided into two distinct strands.  Firstly, ‘Fix Up’ involves the delivery of bespoke interventions and activities to raise awareness of mental health and to improve young black men’s resilience.  The second strand is the ‘Real Talk’ qualitative research project designed to explore the attitudes and perceptions of mental health and mental illness held by young Black men living within the City of Manchester.  This interim report gives a brief discussion of the two elements of the ‘We Tell You’ project examining the interventions, methods and emerging findings of the project to date.

We Tell You Interim Report November 2015

The final report is due to be published in Summer 2016.


The We Tell You Research Project is a Manchester city wide project funded by Manchester Equalities Fund and aims to hear the voices of 500 young black men between 2013 – 2016.

The We Tell You project is interested in hearing the opinions and experiences of young black males between the ages of 13 – 26, to get a better understanding of their lives and their real needs. Your views will be collated into a final report which will be used to improve future mental health services for local communities.

5 Ways Art photo 5 (2) Five Ways to Wellbeing graffiti workshop.

Fix Up!

The We Tell You Project runs focus groups, fun workshops and informal one to one sessions with our community researchers in services and organisations throughout Manchester. We encourage discussions with young men about wellbeing, mental health and identifying what they believe are the main causes of modern stresses or pressures. We are interested in learning how stress affects young men’s psychological health but also what to hear about the things you find helpful to cope with stress. Along with the opportunity to have their voice heard, participants also learn new coping skills for managing stress and receive valuable information and knowledge through discussing the issues.

Join the team of Community Researchers!

The We Tell You project is currently recruiting young people from Manchester, male or female, between the ages of 18 – 26 who would enjoy being involved with this project. You will receive training to become a Community Researcher and work as part of a team within the local communities. The conclusion to the initial training includes a residential in London, to meet inspiring organisations and individuals that focus on working with and developing young people.

Community Researcher Flyer June 2014

Get in touch for more information.