African and African Caribbean communities, including those of white and black mixed ethnicity, can face additional problems which may affect their mental health Everyday life has a big impact on mental health, and black communities in the UK are still more likely than others to experience problems such as bad housing, unemployment, stress and racism, all of which can make people ill. The World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates socio-economic and political factors have direct implications for health and mental health.
High profile cases of black men’s ill treatment in the mental health service and successive government policies/reports over the past 3 decades continues to evidence the disproportionate rates of admission of African, African Caribbean and Dual Heritage men at the acute end of the mental health system.
- Rocky Bennett Inquiry
- National Service Framework for mental health
- Delivering Race Equality (DRE)
- Count Me In census of inpatients in England and Wales
- Black men are more likely to be admitted via the criminal justice system
- Black men are over represented in secure services
- Fear is an ongoing barrier to accessing services
- BME communities feel that they are more likely to be prescribed higher doses of medication
- Black men are four times more likely to experience psychosis than white people
- Gender disparities exist in the use of services
These differences may be explained by a number of factors, including poverty. They may also be because mainstream mental health services often fail to understand or provide services that are acceptable and accessible to non-white British communities and meet their particular cultural and other needs.
BHI men’s health project is committed to providing a culturally innovative and creative community based approach to supporting men through crisis/problems that works with the whole man (body, spirit and mind).
The project has designed a number of therapeutic models that can work in partnership with GP’s and health professionals alongside other therapies e.g. CBT, to empower and skill up men within the context of their specific needs.
BHI community based approach and proven successful community engagement enables groups deemed hard reach to be involved in:
Myth busting and Taboo tackling events/sessions
Safe place for discussions to take place
Facilitate discussions between service providers and service users
Provide culturally competent factual information
Provide culturally competent support and advice
Culturally effective therapies fitting the service to need rather than need to service