World Mental Health Day - Bridging the gap between inequalities in mental health support
This year’s theme for the World Mental Health Day campaign is ‘Mental Health is an unequal world’.
It is estimated that between 75% to 95% of people with mental health disorders from low to middle income countries are unable to access mental health services at all.
NHS research has also found that black people are over four times more likely to be detained or ‘sectioned’ under the Mental Health act, compared to white people.
Many people who live with a mental health illness experience discrimination which not only affects their physical and mental health, but it also impacts their educational opportunities, current and future earning, job prospects, ability to find safe and secure housing, and it also affects their families and loved ones
We recognise that this inequality needs to be addressed so that those suffering with their mental health are never seen as ‘less than’ in the community.
Black Minds Matter UK is a charitable organisation providing free mental health support to black individuals and their families who may have struggled to find the right help previously.
The Mental Health Foundation has also provided a toolkit of resources for those who feel they may be experiencing discrimination because of their mental health, and gives lots of advice about the best actions to take.
We’re always on hand to support you and your loved ones with your health and wellbeing. If you need help or advice, please get in touch with us.
Samaritans is a free service that is available 24/7, 365 days a year. They offer a safe space for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. To speak with someone, call 116 123 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.