Dancing To Our Own Tunes: reassessing black and minority ethnic mental health service user involvement

This report explores the involvement of service users/survivors from black and ethnic communities in mainstream user involvement initiatives in mental health.

The report identifies a number of barriers affecting the relationships between statutory bodies and user involvement initiatives.

The report recommends:

  • Link work to change mental health services with broader race and rights based initiatives in education, forensic services, citizenship rights, social inclusion, employment, income generation etc.
  • Build relationships between mainstream groups and black and minority ethnic groups, between communities and between professionals and service users/survivors.
  • Enable professionals from Black and minority ethnic communities to think about race related issues in their practice.
  • Actively seek out groups and organisations working locally, highlight their work and endeavour to support and sustain them.

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