Race Equality Foundation welcomes the review of the Mental Health Act.

Posted on Thu 5 Oct 2017

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Race Equality Foundation welcomes the review of the Mental Health Act. The Review was announced by the Prime Minister in her conference speech yesterday.

Chief Executive, Jabeer Butt, said: “Black and minority ethnic people are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act. They also have a poorer experience of care once they are admitted to mental health services.  

We have yet to learn the lessons from deaths of Rocky Bennett, Orville Blackwood, Sean Rigg and Sarah Reed. This review needs to set out clearly how it will be different from those before, and government needs to commit to reform.”

The Foundation has produced a number of reports on race and mental health. This included being part of the Care Quality Commission’s thematic review of crisis mental health care