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Institutional racism in mental health services highlighted in David Bennett inquiry report featured in Inner Temple Library Black History Month project

13 October 2016

Inner_Temple_BHM_David_Bennett_BMH_UK_coverage_pageInner Temple Library has included BMH UK's coverage of the high profile David Bennett Inquiry report, which put a national spotlight on the institutional racism suffered by black people that come in contact with statutory mental health services in their Black British History and the Law project for Black History Month 2016.


BBC Radio 4 exploring political views of new PM includes interview with BMH UK's director

06 October 2016

PM_Theresa_May_MPA BBC Radio 4 programme exploring the political beliefs and underlying philosophy of PM Theresa May, features those who have worked closely with her whether in her own party, across the despatch box in the House of Commons, in government or in international negotiations, as well as to friends and family. An interview with BMH UK director Matilda MacAttram speaking on the issues of the poor treatment of black people in mental health services and the mass incarceration of black Britons is included in this piece.


Social model of mental health needs equal footing with medical model parliamentary report states

30 September 2016

APPG_report_into_mental_health_social_work_Aug_2016A new inquiry report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Work into adult mental health services has found that social work is essential preventing a mental health crisis and has flagged up the need for the social model of mental health to be promoted on an equal footing with medical and other clinical approaches. This document notes that black people in particular continue to be experience poorer outcomes and that the much needed prevention model for mental health care continues to remain under developed.


Government committee concludes 'parity of esteem' between mental and physical health very difficult to achieve

28 September 2016

Improving_Access_to_Mental_Health_Services_-_House_of_Commons_Sept_16A new report by the House of Commons Select Committee has concluded that while the Government has a "laudable ambition" to improve these services, they are sceptical it is affordable or achievable without compromising other services. Community activist say that the omission of any inclusion of evidence from even one a black led agency in this report, in light of the continuing disproportionate detention rates of people from the UK's African Caribbean communities, who are subject to the most coercive and costly treatment when in this system, raises serious concerns.


Questions raised in parliament on transparency of Taser use against detained patients

07 July 2016

officer_taser_beltBy Zephaniah Samuels
In a bid for greater transparency on the disturbing use of Taser against patients detained on locked psychiatric wards, shadow Lib Dem health spokesman The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP has tabled a series of written questions asking for details on the number of times that this firearm has been deployed against patients in the past five years. This comes on the back of the former minister for mental health's call for a ban on Tasers in hospitals in support of BMH UK's campaign to end this human rights abuse.


WMHD psychological first aid welcomed by community who say, a focus on state injustices against black patients is also needed

10 October 2016

WHOWith black people from the UK's African Caribbean communities who are subject to detention under the Mental Heath Act very rarely being offered anything other than the medical model of care, where they are subject to highly coercive treatment which all too often involves unnecessarily & unwanted contact with the police, this year's theme for World Mental Health Day of psychological first aid is welcome. BMH UK point to the need for the levels of state violence, particularly the use of Taser firearms against patients to be among the issues that also need to be addressed on this day.


Council of Europe race report calls on UK government to address the discrimination faced by black people using mental health services

04 October 2016

ECRI_UK_country_report_Oct_2016Calls have been made by the international human rights watchdog, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) for the UK Government to commit to addressing the racism and discrimination faced by black people from the UKs African Caribbean communities that come in contact with mental health services and the police. The demands set out in a new report, follow a country-wide review by this commission on the UKs track record on race.



BMH UK's Campaign to ban Taser against detained patients a step closer to becoming law

29 September 2016

Ban_TaserBMH UK's campaign to secure a ban on the illicit practice of police deploying Taser against patients detained under the Mental Health Act on locked psychiatric wards is a step closer to becoming law, as an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, by former minister for mental health Norman Lamb MP, supporting BMH UK's demands has been re-tabled for debate in the House of Lords.


State violence against the community sees death of another black man, Dalian Atkinson, after being Tasered by police

15 August 2016

Dalian_Atkinson__ex_Man_City_Football_athleteBritain's black communities have been left terrified in the wake of the tragic death of footballer Dalian Atkinson, after he was Tasered by police at his parents' home, in the early hours of Monday morning. Activist say this spotlights the alarming levels of force being used against people from the UK's African Caribbean communities and point to this, latest in a long line of fatalities, as reinforcing the need for ban of these so called 'less lethal weapons' against vulnerable people, particularly those detained under the Mental Health Act.


UN Human Rights Council adopt resolution on mental health and human rights

06 July 2016

UN_GA_MH_resolution_July_2016By Ruth Dayspring
The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a new resolution on mental health and human rights without a vote. With growing human rights concerns around the treatment of detained patients from the UK's African Caribbean communities, this comes as a timely reminder of the need for states to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms and to ensure that policies and services related to mental health comply with international human rights norms.


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