Professor James Nazroo, on behalf of Synergi, has written an article outlinining the centre’s reservations about the recently published Mental Health Act Review report – as a missed opportunity to tackle racial inequities in mental health.
Ethnic minority people have a greatly increased risk of being detained under the Mental Health Act. For example, the most recent analyses by Synergi, which compiled data collected over several decades, showed that Black Caribbean people are almost three and a half times more likely than White people to experience compulsory admission under the powers of the Mental Health Act, over and above the more than five-fold greater risk of receiving a diagnosis of schizophrenia in the first place.
“The review mistakenly portrays the operation of ethnic inequalities within mental health services as of a similar nature and extent to that in other domains of life when this is simply not the case.”
You can read the full article here.