Race, mental health and criminal justice: Solutions for better practice, integration and patient experience

This free partnership event was hosted by Clinks, NACRO, Race Equality Foundation, Mental Health Providers’ Forum and Mens Health Forum on 6th November 2014, London.

Event description

People with mental health problems from black and minority ethnic communities are more likely to access services via the Criminal Justice System (CJS), evidence shows. This is often accompanied by them being viewed as a greater risk, leading to additional stigma and often resulting in detention in a secure setting.

This free conference explored strategies and good practice to ensure that people with mental health problems from black and minority ethnic communities in contact with the CJS, have their needs met and are able to access appropriate services.  Aims of the day:

  • Understanding the health inequalities faced by people with mental health problems from black and minority ethnic communities in contact with the CJS;
  • Exploring pathways to access, care and treatment for these communities;
  • Exploring strategies and solutions to ensure people with mental health problems from black and minority ethnic communities in contact with the CJS can access the support they need, in a timely and appropriate fashion.

The slides from the day are available below: