Minority ethnic group mental health research fund

Please help me fund year 2 of my PhD studies

Minority ethnic group mental health research fund
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Completion Date: Thu 01 Oct 2020

A short summary of your project

I am a partially funded PhD student that is about to enter their second year of studies. My projects intends to look at barriers faced by minority ethnic groups living in Scotland in accessing mental healthcare. My research is crucial during this time because it fills a gap in literature that has not been adequately covered. The findings of the study will make recommendations for changes for the communities who have the highest number of forced mental health detention. This study has been partially funded by the university I am enrolled in and the balance of the fees (£7300) is to be covered by the student. In my first year, a philanthropist paid the balance of my year one tuition and now I am seeking assistance with my year two. My plans for funding were unfortunately affected by Covid-19 which has left me with student debt for the next two years, furthermore most scholarships that I am elegible for are targeted towards final year PhD students which means I can only apply next year. 

Who are you?

My name is Sinenhlanhla Zondo and I am a PhD student at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. I am originally from South Africa and I hold a master's degree in Public Health. My previous worked sparked my passion for community health and the impact of social determinants of health in access to healthcare. I am hard working and diligent individual who thrives in community engagement and academia. Since arriving to the UK I have been volunteering with a NGO called Migrant Voice which has really opened my eyes to some of the adversities migrants face which has made my passion for this research even stronger. I have also been working a few part time jobs to sustain myself however that has been severely affected by the pandemic. I was raised by a hard-working middle class mother who provided everything she could for us on a teacher's salary. Seeing her struggle has made me want to provide a better life for not only her but my future children, hence the big move to the UK. I am a compassionate scholar with a bright future which will be affected by the lack of funding. 

Your story

I have passion for equality in access to comprehensive healthcare and I think it is not enough to have the facilities available, but it is even more important to ensure that these facilities are culturally suitable and user friendly to those who need them. This is why it is important to tell the stories of those who utilize them for further gain insight on their experiences. By donating to this worthy cause you will be assisting not only myself, but also the population that will gain from the results of this study. 

Where will the money go?

All my funding will go towards my tuition fees. If I am able to surpass my target, I will use that money to fund my research needs such as equipment, incentives for participants and travels to conferences to share my research (after the pandemic).

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