New Horizons Mental Health unites with the world to show Black Lives Matter and Black Mental Health Matters both in Wales and around the World. We strive to ensure equality throughout the mental health sector.

Racism and discrimination have an untold and corrosive impact on mental health. They deepen health inequalities across communities. They create fear, anxiety and distrust. And they erode the sense of wellbeing that so many of us enjoy and take for granted.

In mental health, as in other areas of life, there is a huge disparity in how black and minority ethnic population are listened to and supported at every level. Numerous studies have detailed that there are significant mental health, health and justice inequalities for Black and minority ethnic people and they are:

  • More likely to experience mental health problems;i
  • Less likely to receive psychological therapies for mental health issues;ii
  • More likely to be compulsorily admitted to hospital;iii
  • More likely to be on a medium or high secure ward;iv
  • More likely to experience a poor outcome from treatment;v

 

As an organisation set up to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, we fully support the movement to end racism and tackle the unfair, and unjust discrimination that black people, and the wider BAME community still face.

Regardless of colour or ethnic background, everyone who uses a mental health service (or cares for someone who does) should have equitable access to effective interventions, and equitable experiences and outcomes. New Horizons’ aim for mental health services it delivers is to be culturally capable and able to address the diverse needs of a multi-cultural population through effective and appropriate forms of support while taking into account the cultural/spiritual needs and religion of those requiring support.

We are currently working towards achieving the Diverse Cymru Good Practice Workplace Certification Scheme which recognises our commitment to continually develop ways in which our organisation can improve services and provide culturally appropriate mental health services. We will do this through offering practical support and by ensuring everyone accessing New Horizons’ services receives the support, dignity and respect they deserve.

 

i Tracey Bignall, T., Jeraj, S., Helsby, E. and Butt, J. (2019) Racial disparities in mental health: Literature and evidence review, [online] Available at
https://raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/mental-health-report-v5-2.pdf
(Accessed 21/09/2020)

ii Mind. (2019). Discrimination in mental health services. [online] Available at:
https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/legal-news/legal-newsletter-june-2019/discrimination-in-june-2019/discrimination-in-mental-health-services/
(Accessed 21 Sep. 2020).

iii Mind. (2019). Discrimination in mental health services. [online] Available at:
https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/legal-news/legal-newsletter-june-2019/discrimination-in-june-2019/discrimination-in-mental-health-services/
(Accessed 21 Sep. 2020).

iv Mind. (2019). Discrimination in mental health services. [online] Available at:
https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/legal-news/legal-newsletter-june-2019/discrimination-in-june-2019/discrimination-in-mental-health-services/
(Accessed 21 Sep. 2020).

i Tracey Bignall, T., Jeraj, S., Helsby, E. and Butt, J. (2019) Racial disparities in mental health: Literature and evidence review, [online] Available at
https://raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/mental-health-report-v5-2.pdf
(Accessed 21/09/2020)