More than a third of BME staff polled have been bullied, abused or experienced racial discrimination by their employer. Figures from Trades Unions Congress show the sad reality of a work environment faced by BME staff, which goes to show the need for more support groups to be able to empower and support. Work is…Details
BME Mental Health vs Cultural Stigmas
Taking on BME mental health vs the cultural stigmas and barriers.
Black minority ethic groups have different rates and experiences of mental health problems faced on a daily basis. Reflecting on various online research shows shockingly 93 per cent of mental health experiences faced by BME communities also face discrimination due to this taboo subject.
In general, people from black and minority ethnic groups living in the UK are:
- more likely to be diagnosed with mental health problems
- more likely to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital
- more likely to experience a poor outcome from treatment
- more likely to disengage from mainstream mental health services, leading to social exclusion and a deterioration in their mental health.
These differences may be explained by a number of factors, including poverty and racism. They may also be because mainstream mental health services often fail to understand or provide services that are acceptable and accessible to non-white British communities and meet their particular cultural and other needs.
It is likely that mental health problems go unreported and untreated because people in some ethnic minority groups are reluctant to engage with mainstream health services. It is also likely that mental health problems are over-diagnosed in people whose first language is not English.
Generation Reform wants to tackle all the stigmas that BME communities face on a daily basis in order to beat the discrimination faced and also the lack of understanding of cultural aspects that organisations and services aren’t taking into account when facing with BME service users. Everyone is entitled to access services without facing discrimination and we believe in fighting for that right if it means working on each stigma at a time we will dedicate that time to do so.
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Generation Reform are planning their first mental health event in West Yorkshire. We are currently in pre planning and have some exciting guest speakers we are hoping to attend discussing the mental health stigmas in BME communities. The event is set to empower and shatter the stigmas so stay tuned as we plan to make…Details
I got invited by BBC Look North to be interviewed re:mental health stigmas within BME communities, i tend to say no to video interviews as I’m so self conscious but I had to bite the bullet for the sake of raising awareness and hopefully people can relate to my views taken (this will be aired…Details