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Six changes need to be made to the way Britain's mental health services run if we are to fight racial discrimination and a lack of inclusivity in the services, according to two race equality bodies.
Race on the Agenda (ROTA) and the Race Equality Foundation (REF) are independent Race Equality organisations with health as a specialist area, including mental health service provision. After a wide consultation including a well-attended conference in June, the organisations have made a number of recommendations to the Mental Health Act Review 2018.
The submission welcomed the Interim Report issued by the Review and was glad to see an emphasis on the urgent need to address the disproportionate number of people from black African and Caribbean backgrounds being detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA).
The six recommendations in the submission were:
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