INTRODUCTION: This paper presents the study protocol for a feasibility study of a manualised mental health awareness and stigma reduction intervention for Black faith communities, as part of the Outcomes and Needs of Traditional Religious And Complementary practitioners (ON TRAC) project. The primary objective is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention and the secondary objectives include assessment of the feasibility of: recruiting participants to take part in the intervention, delivering the intervention, and conducting qualitative assessments, and use of the selected scales. The findings from this study will be used to inform the development of a subsequent trial which will focus on exploring the potential impact of the intervention on stigma-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The study uses a mixed-methods approach. A total of 80 participants from four Black Majority Churches in South London will be recruited. Randomisation of the participants will be at an individual level to either the intervention group (who will participate in the 10 week Mental Health Awareness Course intervention) or to the waiting list control group (who will receive the same intervention, 8 weeks after the intervention group). Outcomes for both arms will be collected at baseline, postintervention, and at 4 week follow-up. In addition, focus group discussions will be conducted with participants in the intervention group, a week following the end of the 10 week session course, to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of the mental health awareness course.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The results of this research will be disseminated at local, national, and international levels.


Original languageEnglish
Article numbere059843
Pages (from-to)e059843
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2024


  • Humans
  • Mental Health
  • Feasibility Studies
  • London
  • Focus Groups


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