17 November 2016
Supporting BME service users and carers
Staff 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.
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
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.