17 November 2016

Supporting BME service users and carers

BME confStaff from AWP attended the Minority Mental Health Conference in October which focused on tackling the inequality and discrimination that BME communities experience when accessing mental health services.

The audience heard that nationally Black African and Caribbean men are up to 6.6 times more likely to be admitted as inpatients or detained under the Mental Health Act as the general population.

A series of clips from the conference has been produced in which speakers talk about the issues and give recommendations on what needs to change in mental health services.  They are a great resource to stimulate thinking, learning and further understanding of the ways in which we can support BME service users and carers.

To help set the scene, why not listen to the audio clip of Renuka Bhakta, relating her personal experience of mental health systems and giving an alternative approach. 

AWP is promoting access to metal health services amongst Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities to help prevent crisis situations which may lead to hospital admissions. 

We are helping deliver the Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality and are working with Bristol Mental Health to improve the wellbeing of BME communities, to improve understanding and to provide services which meet the needs of local communities. One of the ways we can do this is by making information on mental health conditions freely available.

On the Royal College of Psychiatrists website you will find a range of information leaflets on mental health translated into different languages which are readable and extremely useful.


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