BME groups and mental health
Issues you may encounter involving BME groups and mental health include:
- BME parents with mental health problems are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment and homelessness.
- Some common family structures, such as lone parenting, can increase the risks arising from isolation and lack of support for both parents and their children.
- People from BME communities are less well served by mental health services.
- BME parents with mental health problems are often reluctant to use existing services because these are often not culturally sensitive to their needs.
- Reluctance to access services may result in mental health problems becoming more severe before diagnosis, treatment and support is obtained.
- Mental health problems among BME parents, compounded by lack of treatment and support, can have enduring effects upon their children and contribute to their over-representation in the child care system.
For more information see:
- Rethink’s page and resources on black and minority ethnic groups
- The National BME Mental Health Network
- Delivering race equality in mental health care, a publication from the Department of Health