Sept 30: Probe into two deaths within two days of restrained black mental health patients - deaths come eight months since the end of government’s five-year plan to tackle racism in mental health services.
28: Row intensifies over disproportionate rate black people detained
in psychiatric units - new figures indicate no improvement since
government vowed to tackle the problem three years ago.
30: New projects launched to eliminate race discrimination from
mental health services - £1m for 40 extra services to
build links with black and ethnic minority people.
17: Leading psychiatrist turns down OBE in protest at "deeply
flawed" mental health bill - Suman Fernando fears planned
new law could exacerbate discimination of black people
15: Black patients seeing psychiatrist for first time should have
advocate, government urges - ...meanwhile, the Commission for
Racial Equality is investigating whether the mental health bill
might break race law
2, 2006: Mental health racism claims "meaningless" and
"insulting", claim psychiatry professors - social
exclusion and low socio-economic status largely causes race inequality
figures, argue Swaran Singh and Tom Burns
7: 'We'll end racism in mental health' says minister - Rosie
Winterton pledge follows report revealing black people are three
times more likely to be admitted to psychiatric hospital
June 22: Voices for change - a project in Bradford is leading
the way in providing community mental health services for black
and ethnic minority people. Adam James reports
June 1: A way with the anti-racist will? -
In a bid to root out racism in mental health services the government
has launched a raft of initiatives. But will they be enough? Adam
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