About the SpeakOut project

Most families need some support from time to time. You might be looking for help with mental health, feeling constantly sad or worried, getting angry easily, smoking or drinking, school bullying, or difficulty with family relationships. This support can be formal or informal, from friends, family members or professionals.

The SpeakOut survey is now closed, and the report was published in June 2022.

SpeakOut was a project that has sought to hear from young people and parents from Black, Asian and minority ethnic families in England on how easy it is to find the help you need, if the help is right for you, and how things could be made better. We believe that every family should be able to get the support they need, when they need it, no matter their background.

By speaking to young people and families, we have sought to hear about you and your family’s experiences of seeking support. Where did you go? Was the support offered helpful? Did you feel welcome and included? Did you experience discrimination? What would improve this for other families in the future?

SpeakOut provided a safe space for your voice to be heard. We have listened to what everyone told us and used this information to provide advice to the government and organisations that work with families to help make things better.

SpeakOut was a project run by the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) with the Race Equality Foundation and Action for Children. Find out more in Partners + background