New strategy to tackle race inequality in mental health services

The Department of Health has published a draft framework on how
to improve mental health services for black and ethnic

‘Delivering Race Equality: A Framework for Action’ sets out what
those planning, delivering and monitoring local primary care and
mental health services need to do to improve delivery.

It is well known that people from black and ethnic minorities
are dissatisfied with mental health services. Black people are
currently more than six times more likely to be detained under the
Mental Health Act 1983, and represent a third of patients in medium
secure services.

The DoH has already pledged 500 new community development
workers. In addition, the National Institute for Mental Health
England is establishing a programme that will include the
appointment of nine senior regional posts within NIMHE to lead on
race equality.

Draft framework available here

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