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African and Caribbean men and mental health

African and Caribbean men and mental health A Race Equality Foundation Briefing Paper African and Caribbean men and mental health Frank Keating Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Key messages 4HERELATIONSHIPBETWEEN@RACE RACISMANDMENTALHEALTHISCOMPLEXAND MORERESEARCHISNEEDEDTOUNDERSTANDTHELINKS "LACKMALESFINDTHEMSELVESINSITUATIONSTHATPLACETHEMATGREATERRISK OFMENTALHEALTHPROBLEMS SUCHASEXCLUSIONFROMSCHOOLS SOCIAL DEPRIVATION CRIMEANDDRUGCULTURESANDRACIALVICTIMISATION "LACKMENARELESSABLETOIDENTIFYTHATTHEYHAVEMENTALHEALTHPROBLEMS AREUNAWAREOFSOURCESOFHELP ANDFEARTHATCONTACTWITHSERVICESWILL LEADTOLOSSOFSTATUS9ET MENTALHEALTHPROFESSIONALSFINDITDIFFICULTTOTALK ABOUTISSUESOF@RACEANDRACISM -ENFROM!FRICANAND#ARIBBEANBACKGROUNDSAREOVER REPRESENTEDIN MENTALHEALTHSERVICES4HEYCOMETOTHEATTENTIONOFSERVICESVIATHE POLICEANDTHECRIMINALJUSTICESYSTEM ANDAREMORELIKELYTORECEIVETHE HARSHERENDOFSERVICES SUCHASSECLUSION CONTROLANDCONSTRAINT !FRICANAND#ARIBBEANMENHAVENEGATIVEPERCEPTIONSOFMENTALHEALTH SERVICESANDTHEREFOREDELAYSEEKINGHELP4HISMEANSTHATMORECOERCIVE METHODSAREUSEDTOENGAGETHEMWITHMENTALHEALTHSERVICES -ENTALHEALTHSERVICESAREINAPOSITIONTORESPONDPOSITIVELYTOTHEMENTAL HEALTHNEEDSOF!FRICANAND#ARIBBEANMENBYBUILDINGTRUSTSOASTO ADDRESSTHEDAMAGINGEFFECTSOFRACISMONEMOTIONALWELL BEING Introduction The mental health needs of African and Caribbean men is an area for public concern. A substantial body of research shows that these groups are disproportionately represented in mental health statistics. For example, the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection’s (2007) report on a one-day census of mental health inpatient wards in England paints a bleak picture for black and minority ethnic people, in particular those of African and Caribbean background. This disturbing situation persists despite the fact that the needs, issues and concerns of black and minority ethnic people with mental health problems have been pushed to the fore of the policy agenda (Department of Health (DH), 2003; DH, 2005). It has been acknowledged that achieving good Ì…˜ˆVˆÌÞÊ>˜`ʘiµÕ>ˆÌˆiÃʈ˜Êi>Ì…Ê>˜`Ê-œVˆ>Ê >ÀiÊÊUÊÊ6œÕ“iÊÓÊÃÃÕiÊÓʘœˆÊÌ>`˜UÊÊÕÞœÌʈ>ՏÞÊÊÕÊiµÌÊV …^>Óää™Ê},ˆÀÊÞ«œ 41 African and Caribbean men and mental health mental health care for individuals from these communities is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care Emerald Publishing

African and Caribbean men and mental health

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1757-0980
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10.1108/17570980200900015
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A Race Equality Foundation Briefing Paper African and Caribbean men and mental health Frank Keating Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Key messages 4HERELATIONSHIPBETWEEN@RACE RACISMANDMENTALHEALTHISCOMPLEXAND MORERESEARCHISNEEDEDTOUNDERSTANDTHELINKS "LACKMALESFINDTHEMSELVESINSITUATIONSTHATPLACETHEMATGREATERRISK OFMENTALHEALTHPROBLEMS SUCHASEXCLUSIONFROMSCHOOLS SOCIAL DEPRIVATION CRIMEANDDRUGCULTURESANDRACIALVICTIMISATION "LACKMENARELESSABLETOIDENTIFYTHATTHEYHAVEMENTALHEALTHPROBLEMS AREUNAWAREOFSOURCESOFHELP ANDFEARTHATCONTACTWITHSERVICESWILL LEADTOLOSSOFSTATUS9ET MENTALHEALTHPROFESSIONALSFINDITDIFFICULTTOTALK ABOUTISSUESOF@RACEANDRACISM -ENFROM!FRICANAND#ARIBBEANBACKGROUNDSAREOVER REPRESENTEDIN MENTALHEALTHSERVICES4HEYCOMETOTHEATTENTIONOFSERVICESVIATHE POLICEANDTHECRIMINALJUSTICESYSTEM ANDAREMORELIKELYTORECEIVETHE HARSHERENDOFSERVICES SUCHASSECLUSION CONTROLANDCONSTRAINT !FRICANAND#ARIBBEANMENHAVENEGATIVEPERCEPTIONSOFMENTALHEALTH SERVICESANDTHEREFOREDELAYSEEKINGHELP4HISMEANSTHATMORECOERCIVE METHODSAREUSEDTOENGAGETHEMWITHMENTALHEALTHSERVICES -ENTALHEALTHSERVICESAREINAPOSITIONTORESPONDPOSITIVELYTOTHEMENTAL HEALTHNEEDSOF!FRICANAND#ARIBBEANMENBYBUILDINGTRUSTSOASTO ADDRESSTHEDAMAGINGEFFECTSOFRACISMONEMOTIONALWELL BEING Introduction The mental health needs of African and Caribbean men is an area for public concern. A substantial body of research shows that these groups are disproportionately represented in mental health statistics. For example, the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection’s (2007) report on a one-day census of mental health inpatient wards in England paints a bleak picture for black and minority ethnic people, in particular those of African and Caribbean background. This disturbing situation persists despite the fact that the needs, issues and concerns of black and minority ethnic people with mental health problems have been pushed to the fore of the policy agenda (Department of Health (DH), 2003; DH, 2005). It has been acknowledged that achieving good Ì…˜ˆVˆÌÞÊ>˜`ʘiµÕ>ˆÌˆiÃʈ˜Êi>Ì…Ê>˜`Ê-œVˆ>Ê >ÀiÊÊUÊÊ6œÕ“iÊÓÊÃÃÕiÊÓʘœˆÊÌ>`˜UÊÊÕÞœÌʈ>ՏÞÊÊÕÊiµÌÊV …^>Óää™Ê},ˆÀÊÞ«œ 41 African and Caribbean men and mental health mental health care for individuals from these communities is

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Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social CareEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 19, 2009

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