Previously published as: A Life in the Day
Online from: 2010
Subject Area: Health and Social Care
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|Title:||Tuning in to race equality in mental health|
|Author(s):||Edward Davie, (Communications and Engagement Officer at National Survivor User Network, London, UK)|
|Citation:||Edward Davie, (2012) "Tuning in to race equality in mental health", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.103 - 107|
|Keywords:||Afiyah Trust, Black and minority ethnic, Ethnic groups, Mental health, National Service Users Network, Racial equality, Service users, Social policy, User involvement|
|DOI:||10.1108/20428301211232531 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||For more information on the DTOOTs report, please contact the author Dr Jaysaree Kalathil at: email@example.com For more information on the work of NSUN please contact Edward Davie at: Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org|
Purpose – The aim is to examine the current state of black and minority ethnic (BME) service user involvement in mental health policy making and commissioning of services, identifying barriers to participation, and potential strategies to enhance BME involvement and ensure more culturally sensitive services.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides an overview of the
Findings – There are a number of barriers affecting the relationships between statutory bodies and user involvement initiatives. These include a lack of BME representation on groups that influence mental health policy and commissioning, along with spending cuts that disproportionately impact on BME mental health service users.
Research limitations/implications – The original report was based upon a consultation with a relatively small number of participants.
Practical implications – Increasing the involvement of diverse service users in policy making and in the design and delivery of mental health services will lead to better quality, more effective and efficient services.
Originality/value – The area of BME service user involvement in the design and delivery of mental health services has hitherto received little attention in the literature.
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