Analysis

Compulsory detention under mental health act still more likely in BME service users

Black service users are much more likely to be detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act than their white counterparts – so what is being done to address the issue? 

Black service users are much more likely to be detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act than their white counterparts – so what is being done to address the issue?

Latest data from the University of Sheffield suggest that black service users are almost three times more likely to be detained under mental health legislation than white patients.

The research, published in The Lancet in June, also shows that compulsory admissions to psychiatric inpatient beds are also greater in areas where there are high levels of deprivation and in those with more non-white residents.

While mental health experts agree that there is no single or simple solution to the problem, they urge new action to tackle the significant inequality brought to light

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