Are there inequalities in access by black and minority ethnic communities to mental health services in England? What are the barriers and challenges experienced in getting appropriate mental health support, and what is C&I’s record on this issue?
Do join us for the next in our series of “Mental Health Matters”, which will explore the issue of race and inequality within mental health provision.
Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm; 6pm start, finishing at 7:30pm
Venue: St Pancras Conference Centre, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE
The event will be chaired by Trust Medical Director, Dr Vincent Kirchner, and we are delighted to be joined by Jacqui Dyer MBE, (pictured) a Government advisor on mental health and equality. She is also a Lambeth councillor and founder member of Black Thrive, a community-led initiative to ensure mental health services are more responsive to the local needs of the Afro-Caribbean community.
Jacqui and Trust service users will offer their own personal perspectives on the issue, and Jacqui will then moderate what we very much hope will be an open and thought-provoking discussion.
• Our “Mental Health Matters” programme is the Trust’s series of informal quarterly meetings for Trust members – principally service users and staff – to discuss issues relating to mental health. Previous topics covered have included labelling and stigma in mental health, OCD, quitting smoking, future mental health policy and art therapy.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 020 3317 6333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.