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					        Race And Mental Health
Current literature on Race & Mental Health has drawn
  strong parallels between colonisation and the growth of
  Western psychiatry.

It is argued that Western Psychiatry is based on
   assumptions drawn from cultural constructions of
   colonisation where colonisers see themselves as
   superior.

Mental Health services degrade and alienate BME
  communities.
• The Confederation of Indian Organisations (UK) is a
  national body which aims to ensure that the needs of
  the South Asian Community are incorporated within
  national and local level policy.


• CIO has led important mental health initiatives
• Credibility in the field of Mental Health

• Research

• Community based strategies such as;

     Counselling information and support services

     Conferences to raise awareness on cross cultural
      issues in mental health.
   Breakdown of Problems
Family               Domestic Violence
Relationship         Work
Psychotic            Suicide
Depression


       12%
   6%          30%
  3%
  3%

 12%
•   Mental Health Assessment and South Asian Men


• The research highlighted the need to engage statutory
  services in developing assessment procedures that
  take into account the clients frame of reference based
  on factors such as language, cultural values, historical
  experiences and individual life contexts
               Challenges and Dilemmas


• Myths seen as truths

• Services unwilling to treat symptoms until crisis stage is
  reached

• Labelling of mental illness

• Prejudice and Power in mental health assessments
Black people are more likely than white to be picked up
under section 136 of the Mental Health Act by the police,
compulsorily detained in hospital, diagnosed with
Schizophrenia and given high doses of medication
Mind 1993

Mortality rates from suicide for young South Asian women
are two times higher than the national average.
Soni Raleigh and Balarajan 1992
Voluntary organisations address the needs of the hard
  to reach ethnic populations through systems closer
  to them

 It is important to recognise the role of voluntary
   organisations in mental health service planning.

				
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