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Penrose conference facilitates development of practical solutions to address discrimination in mental health

Men of African and Caribbean heritage are up to 6.6 times more likely to be admitted as inpatients or detained under the Mental Health Act, indicating a systemic failure to provide effective crisis care for these groups. It is one of the deepest and most discriminatory social failures of our education, social health and criminal justice services.

Our inaugural conference on minority mental health took place in London last week to address this shocking crisis of discrimination and to discuss the practical solutions we can deliver to shift from a reactive approach to a planned, informed and educated approach.

Over 100 delegates from across the mental health community gathered to hear from our esteemed panel of speakers, among which were the Rt. Hon. Norman Lamb MP, Shadow Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Health, Commander Christine Jones, National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC lead for Mental Health) and Luciana Berger MP, Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree and former Shadow Minister for Mental Health.

“The system is rotten and needs to be changed”, said Norman Lamb.  He spoke passionately about how we need to drive down the use of our police force, the urgent need for out of area placement and how to improve equality of access to mental health services.


You can listen to his complete speech and other filmed content from the day here.


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