Are London's ethnic minorities left behind in mental health care?

13 January 2015

This meeting took place on 14 January 2015. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

London’s 40 per cent Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) population – who have higher rates of mental health problems than the white population – are more likely to have adverse experiences within mental health care.[1] The Black African and Caribbean community is disproportionately represented in the mental health system, particularly at crisis stage. They experience considerable barriers, more so than other groups, when attempting to access support and services. Why are BME people, particularly those from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds more susceptible to ill mental health? What challenges do they face in accessing mental health care and support? How can the Mayor support improved access to services for BME people? From 2:00pm, the London Assembly Health Committee will tomorrow question the following guests:

Marcel Vige, Head of Equality Improvement, Mind (National)

Earl Pennycooke, Co-Interim Director, Mind (Lambeth and Southwark)

Risq Animasaun, BME Mental Health Community Development Worker, Croydon BME Forum

Dr Dele Olajide, Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

The second section of the meeting will focus on the challenges A&E services face in London. From 4:00pm (approx.), the following guests will be questioned:

Dr Anne Rainsberry, Regional Director for London, NHS England

Dr Julian Redhead, Chair, London Regional Board, College of Emergency Medicine

Kathryn Channing, Clinical Lead Emergency Medicine, Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust

Christopher Pocklington, Chief Operating Officer, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 14 January from 2.00pm in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 14 January from 2.00pm in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast. Notes for Editors:

Guidance for Commissioners of Mental Health Services for People from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities, Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, July 2014

Full agenda papers.

Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the Health Committee is available for interview. See contact details below

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