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Ethnic Minorities

Ethnic Minorities and Mental Health

BAME, (Black, Asian & minority ethnic communities) is a fabulous website, full of invaluable information in today’s culturally diverse society. It makes excellent and educational reading for anyone, regardless of their race and background.  It should be viewed not just as a support site, but one that offers an insight into the different challenges facing ethnic communities.

On its website, BAME says :  ‘Different ethnic groups have different rates and experiences of mental health problems, reflecting their different cultural and socio-economic contexts and access to culturally appropriate treatments’ (Copyright BAME , taken from their website) .

They have a help page where those with mental health issues can turn to for support.  There’s also a packed ‘Get Involved’ page which encourages all inclusive activities for everyone.

Highlighting the work of BAME for ethnic minority communities does not detract from the need for education and investment for white British communities, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

There’s a fabulous and diverse video on HealthTalk.org covering ethnic minority (BME) experiences of mental health issues – view for yourself  to explore the shared experiences of those affected.  There’s also links to other relevant topics on the site

One site we’d not come across before, but provides a wealth of statistical information, is the Institute of Race Relations ,   You should take time to look through the whole site; however, below are a couple of paragraphs copied from their site which give you a flavour of what to expect.  It makes worrying reading:

‘A disproportionate number of people admitted as inpatients in mental health services come from BAME groups. In 2010, 23 per cent of inpatient admissions were from a BAME background. According to the mental health organisation ‘Mind’, the admission rate for ‘other black’ groups is six times higher than average, suggesting discrimination within the mental health system.

People from BAME groups are more likely than white British people to be detained compulsorily under mental health legislation or put in seclusion. Research in 2013 indicated that black people detained under mental health legislation are 29 per cent more likely to be forcibly restrained than white patients. They are 50 per cent more likely to be placed in seclusion and more likely to be diagnosed as psychotic’ (Copyright IRR, taken from their website)

Back in May 2017, the Guardian addressed the issue of mental ill health issues amongst ethnic minorities with the headline

‘Risk of psychotic disorders up to five times greater for people from ethnic minorities – UK study’ (Copyright The Guardian, taken from their online article)

James Kirkbride, co-author of the report and psychiatric epidemiologist from University College London says:

“In the present climate when issues about migration are at the forefront of the public’s mind, people from ethnic minority backgrounds may face additional stresses that could potentially contribute to mental health problems,”  (Copyright The Guardian, taken from their online article)

If you are part of an ethnic community in the UK and need support for any mental wellbeing issues, please refer to the help page on the BAME website (paragrah 3 above)

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