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Politicians, senior health officials, service users, mental health professionals and community activits attended BMH UK's national service on mental health, Emmanuel Centre in Marsham Street, London on the evening of Thursday 30th October, just a day before the 10th anniversary of the death of Bennett, an African Caribbean patient who died at the hands of those tasked with his care.
Delegates at this event travellel down from may parts of the country, including Scotland, the Isle of Wight, portsmouth, Wolverhapton, Nuneaton and Essex, as well as from across many parts of London. All were keen to learn more about the progress thas been made to address the institutional racim, within mental health services highlighted in the Bennett Inquiry report. With the crisis in mental health getting progressively worse, speakers at this event called for the Government to revist these recommendations with a view to see them fully implimented in order to see a reduction in the disturbingly high rates of sectioning of people from African Caribbean communities.
Pic 1 - Guests speakers Rev Paul Grey, Rev Pedro Okoro, Dr Richard Stone, Prof Suman Fernando, Prof. Sashi Sashidaran, travel long distances and contributed their time and expertise for free to support BMH UK's national services calling for change in the punitive treatment of African Caribbean's using mental health services.