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Initiative aims to tackle ethnic inequalities in mental healthcare

Nursing directors of mental health trusts urged to sign a pledge to initiate changes
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Nursing directors of mental health trusts urged to sign a pledge to initiate changes

Nursing directors of mental health trusts are being asked to sign a pledge to reduce ethnic inequalities in mental healthcare.

The pledge was set up by the Synergi Collaborative Centre , an initiative to prevent ethnic inequalities in mental illness. It comes in response to a perceived lack of progress in tackling disparities for those diagnosed with a severe mental illness, and the disproportionate risks that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities face in mental health services.

Detentions under Mental Health Act are more likely

According to government findings , in 2018-19 black people were more than four times as likely as white individuals to be detained under

Nursing directors of mental health trusts urged to sign a pledge to initiate changes

Picture shows a black man in a counselling session
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Nursing directors of mental health trusts are being asked to sign a pledge to reduce ethnic inequalities in mental healthcare.  

The pledge was set up by the Synergi Collaborative Centre, an initiative to prevent ethnic inequalities in mental illness. It comes in response to a perceived lack of progress in tackling disparities for those diagnosed with a severe mental illness, and the disproportionate risks that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities face in mental health services.

Detentions under Mental Health Act are more likely

According to government findings, in 2018-19 black people were more than four times as likely as white individuals to be detained under the Mental Health Act.

There were 306.8 detentions of black people per 100,000 population, compared with 72.9 detentions of white people.

This compares to 2017-18 figuresm which recorded 288.7 detentions of black people per 100,000 and 71.8 detentions of white people.

Pledge includes monitoring extent of ethnic inequalities and progress made

Synergi Collaborative Centre is calling on nursing directors of NHS mental health trusts and other leaders in the NHS to sign a pledge to:

  • Initiate changes to reduce ethnic inequalities in access, experience and outcomes for BAME people.
  • Track, monitor and report on the extent of ethnic inequalities and progress made.
  • Work in partnership with local BAME communities, service users and relevant community agencies.
  • Provide national leadership on reducing ethnic inequalities in mental health care.
  • Contribute to a biannual progress update as part of this pledge.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s executive lead of strategy and system development Warren Heppolette is one of 30 NHS leaders who have already signed the pledge.  

He said: ‘Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership wish to send out an unequivocal message, through this pledge, that we fully commit to supporting the elimination of ethnic inequalities in our mental health system.’


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