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This Black History Month, mental health matters

We hosted a live Zoom panel of speakers with lived experience, academic or clinical standpoints to discuss racial inequalities in access to mental health treatment.

People in Britain from BAME communities face fundamental inequalities in access to treatment, experiences of care and outcomes from mental health services. They are less likely than white people to receive treatment for mental health problems, and more likely to be subject to detention under the Mental Health Act. Where they do receive treatment, this is more likely to be through involvement with the criminal justice system than is the case with white people.

How has this state of affairs developed, and what can be done to change it?

The above questions was discussed by a panel of speakers offering a range of perspectives, from academic and clinical standpoints, and from lived experience. The campaigning work of Mind, in seeking to bring about legislative and policy reform, was explored. There was an opportunity for questions, followed by discussion about inequality and multiple disadvantage in mental health, and how together we might go about achieving positive change.

Watch the full video here:

Video played within the presentation at 42.46 is from Channel 4 and can be found here.

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