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Parliament committee calls for change in law to end use of police cells for those detained under the Mental Health Act

17 March 2015

HASC_websiteRuth Dayspring

The Home Affairs Committee report on policing and mental health has said that the Mental Health Act 1983 should be amended so that police cells are no longer stated as a place of safety for those detained under section 136, in line with BMH UK demands set out in their submission to this committee last year.

 

Black Briton's children and vulnerable adults more likely to be detained in police custody and stripped searched new report shows

10 March 2015

HMIC_logoBy Staff writer
A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) today has found that children from the UK's African Caribbean communities adults in need of mental health care are more likely to be detained in police custody and strip search. Also vulnerable people generally are unnecessarily criminalised because police custody is being used as a substitute for health and social care.

 

BMH UK Westminster round table on mass incarceration of black Britons

03 March 2015

BMH_UK_Harris_Review_meeting_19-1-15_no_2_589x331By Zephaniah Samuels
A BMH UK community meeting on the Harris Review into 'self-inflicted' deaths in NOMS Custody of 18-24 year olds has been hosted by Lord Harris in Westminster: Discussions with professionals from the community working across the criminal justice system, health practitioners, front line workers, family members and those with firsthand experience of this system has informed a report BMH UK has submitted to this review.

 

BMH UK host round table on EHRC deaths in custody inquiry

18 December 2014

BMH_UK_ADDI_RT__FINAL_18-12-14By Zephaniah Samuels
Human rights campaigns group, Black Mental Health UK is hosting a roundtable on the Equality and Human Rights Comission's inquiry into non-natural deaths of adults with mental health problems in detained setting this week, where health professionals, academics, front line workers and those who use the services from the community will be able to contribute to this work.

 

United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent launched on Human Rights Day

10 December 2014

UN_HQ_New_York_2By Ruth Dayspring
Black Mental Health UK's director Matilda MacAttram is among the delegates from across the Diaspora attending the official launch of the international Decade for People of African Descent at the UN Headquarters in New York presided over by H.E. Sam K. Kutesa, President of the 69th session of the General Assembly on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2014.

 

People living with a diagnosis of severe mental illness five time more likely to be the victim of violent crime

16 March 2015

man_holding_his_eyesBy Zephaniah Samuels

New data published in the latest edition or British Journal of Psychiatry confirms findings made a three year research study published by Victim Support, which shows those living with a diagnosis of severe mental illness are more likely to be the victim than perpetrators of crime, but are not getting the support they need from health, police or social services.

 

UNISON National Black Members conference vote to officially back work of Black Mental Health UK

09 March 2015

UNISON_Black_Members_conference_-_2015By Ruth Dayspring

A motion has been passed at this year's National Black Members Conference (NBMC) for this section of UNISON, the UK's largest union, to formally throw it's support behind the work of human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK.

 

House of Lords community pre-election meeting prioritises concerns of the Diaspora

03 March 2015

House_of_parliament_2By Staff writer

A pre-election community round table looking at the issues of social justice, human rights and mental health care and the UK's African Caribbean Black British Diaspora is set to take place at the House of Lords this month, organised by human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK).

 

Police are racist and corrupt posters appear across London

17 December 2014

Black_people_are_stoped_and_searched_more_because_the_police_are_racistBy Ruth Dayspring
A series of 'counter-propaganda' posters appearing to show the Metropolitan police admitting to being racist and corrupt have been posted across London with messaging stating that they 'caused the riots of 2011 by shooting an unarmed man,' and that 'you are 28 times more likely to be stopped in London if you don't have white skin, because we're still really racist.'

 

UK annual report looking at human rights protection against torture published

10 December 2014

NPM_-_National_Preventative_Mechanism_Report_cover__No_5_2013-14_Dec_2014By Zephaniah Samuels
With people from the UK's African Caribbean communities accounting for some of the most vulnerable people who continuing to be disproportionately over represented in all custodial and detained settings the 5th Annual Report of the UK's National Preventive Mechanism, for 2013-14, which monitors the treatment of those in mental health hospitals, police custody, prisons is of particular importance to black Briton.

 

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