The UK Government recently ran a consultation on mental health and what is needed to improve the nation’s mental health. As we know, mental health issues are a big issue in the Black community. The data shows us that Black people in Britain are 30% more likely than White people to experience a common mental health problem in any given week and are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 than White people.
We responded to the consultation, with input and help from The Ubele Initiative and Viv Ahmun, to call on the Government to transform the mental health service for Black communities and that their response to the consultation addresses the experiences and rights of the Black population in England. Our submission sets out our views and demonstrates why and how the national mental health and wellbeing strategy needs to be more culturally relevant, strengthen and enable user-empowerment as well as be receptive to the needs and lived experiences of the Black population.
You can read our whole submission here.