In 2017/2018, black men were four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than their white counterparts. The risk of psychosis in the black Caribbean population is estimated to be nearly seven times higher than in the white population. These inequalities may be the result of many connected factors, including racism, economic inequality and poverty, and mental health stigma, and should be of concern to any practitioner working in the mental health system.
This session will explore the inequalities that exist for black, Asian and ethnic people accessing the mental health system – particularly black African and Caribbean men and will present findings from a study to explore black men’s perspectives on mental health recovery.
Frank Keating is a Professor of Social Work and Mental Health in the Department of Social Work at Royal Holloway University of London. His main research interests are ethnicity, gender, ageing and mental health, particularly focusing on African and Caribbean communities. He had recently completed a National Institute for Health Research funded study to investigate socially oriented approaches to mental health recovery for African and Caribbean men. Frank is a strong advocate for racial equality in mental health services through his writing, teaching and public speaking.
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For 100 years, the Tavistock and Portman has proudly been at the forefront of exploring mental health and wellbeing. From attachment theory and infant observation, to applying psychoanalytic and systemic approaches in varied settings, our ideas have led to changes in care, education, how organisations work and beyond.
Our Centenary Festival is celebrating our history and exploring contemporary issues in relation to identity, relationships and society. It is considering how we continue to draw on our heritage to provide valuable responses to contemporary and future problems from the perspective of equality and inclusion.