Its Time To Talk About BAME Mental Health...

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Last week for University Mental Health Day, Your BAME Community Officer Gloria Adebayo and the BAME Community created a video featuring Coventry University Staff and Students, highlighting what Mental Health means to them... 

See The Video Here

Research by the Mental Health Foundation suggests different ethnic groups have different rates and experiences of mental health problems, reflecting their different cultural and socio-economic contexts and access to culturally appropriate treatments.

In general, people from black and minority ethnic groups living in the UK are: 

  • more likely to be diagnosed with mental health problems
  • more likely to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital  
  • more likely to experience a poor outcome from treatment 
  • more likely to disengage from mainstream mental health services, leading to social exclusion and a deterioration in their mental health. 

These differences may be explained by a number of factors, including poverty and racism. They may also be because mainstream mental health services often fail to understand or provide services that are acceptable and accessible to non-white British communities and meet their particular cultural and other needs.

It is likely that mental health problems go unreported and untreated because people in some ethnic minority groups are reluctant to engage with mainstream health services. It is also likely that mental health problems are over-diagnosed in people whose first language is not English.

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CUSU are helping to overcome these challenges, by providing a variety of mental health and wellbeing opportunities across campus, including mindfulness and art workshops. 

 

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