Better practice in mental health for black and minority ethnic communities

There have been many developments in mental health service delivery but the incidence and prevalence of mental ill health in black and minority ethnic communities remains a contentious area. In general, people from black and minority ethnic communities are more likely to end up in secure settings or disengage from mental health services such as psychological therapies which can be further detrimental to their mental health.

MHPF and Race Equality Foundation have collated evidence of good practice models in the provision of mental health services for black and minority ethnic communities. We set out to produce a comprehensive collection of effective service provision and inform providers on the proven strengths, with a clear assessment of what is useful and replicable. The work involved identifying new service models and previous successful ways of working, which have informed recommendations for improvements in the quality of support. Particular weight was given to examples of good practice that document and provide opportunities for the user’s voice to be heard. 

MHPF have outlined their recommendations from the research to influence and improve practice and provision of mental health services for black and minority ethnic communities. The experiences of a wide range of individuals and organisations have emphasised where there are areas for change and the hidden value of local, community, voluntary sector organisations who are working effectively. We hope this can encourage deveopment of appropriate care and support services in the future.

The full report Better practice in mental health for black and minority ethnic communities is available and you can also download a copy of MHPF’s recommendations.