Mental Health Act Reform Must Tackle Discrimination
Lambeth & Southwark Mind are calling on the government to tackle the profound inequalities that exist across mental health services for people from ethnic minority communities, and in particular black African-Caribbean people.
The charity will be submitting its response to the ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’ public consultation which closes on April 21st, with Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood, handing in the submission to the Department of Health on behalf of Lambeth & Southwark Mind.
Lambeth and Southwark are highly diverse boroughs with significant BAME communities, particularly those of black ethnicity (around 25%), with twice as many people of black heritage likely to have a mental illness compared with white British counterparts. Alastair Smith-Agbaje, CEO of Lambeth & Southwark Mind commented: ‘The people Lambeth & Southwark Mind represent are disproportionately affected by mental health inequalities, and it is our duty to speak up for them at this time.’
The charity’s submission covers a number of topics, including a push for culturally appropriate peer support groups, advocacy, and counselling in order to help tackle ethnic discrimination. In addition, the submission discusses detention thresholds, mental health vehicles, introducing nominated persons, advanced choice documents, advocacy and short-term detention in A&E.
The charity has invited members, supporters, and others to an online event from 6.30-7.30pm on the 21 April 2021 to discuss the reform of the Mental Health Act, with speakers including Helen Hayes MP and Alastair Smith-Agbaje. Please feel free to join us by clicking the link below.
Posted on: 20th April 2021