Black and ethnic groups have greater mental health need

Some black and minority ethnic groups are three or more times more likely than average to be admitted as inpatients in mental health and learning disability services, according to the Healthcare Commission.

The body’s Count Me In census found that differences in rates of mental illness and pathways to hospital admission are caused by numerous and complex factors such as socio-economic factors, living alone and family and social support.

The report notes that research has shown that some ethnic groups have significantly higher rates of mental illness.

It recommends partnership working by GPs, local authorities, the criminal justice system and service providers.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

www.healthcarecommission.org.uk

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