BBC Radio London’s Sunday programme looks at damning findings in 2008 Mental Health Census

BBC Radio London

The shocking findings in the fourth national census on mental health care is the focus of BBC Radio London’s show on Sunday 7th December 2008, from 8.00 – 10.00pm.

Hosted by presenter Dotun Adebayo, on 94.9FM, it can also be accessed on digital radio and online at

Looking at the disturbing trends revealed in the latest Count Me In census report , Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK will be one of the special guests on the show.

The programme will focus on why the damaging impact that mental health services are having on Briton’s black communities is not being addressed.

The report show that rates of sectioning under the Mental Health Act are higher for people from African Caribbean communities continues to exceed that of any other ethnic group.

Even though pepole from African Caribbean communities do not have a higher prevalence of mental illness than any other ethnic group these new findings show that the number of black people admitted to psychiatric hospitals has risen year on year since 2005.

Since 2005, the Government has invested over twenty million pounds into a Delivering Race Equality programme to address the discrimination faced by minority groups who use mental health services.

This latest Census report also shows that black patients in particular continue to be misdiagnosed, over medicated, forcibly restrained and placed in seclusion in higher rates than their white counterparts.

‘This census is part of the Delivering Race Equality programme, which is the Government’s response to the David Bennett Inquiry report. It is disturbing to see that the data in this report shows that the injustices brought to light through the Bennett Inquiry report are still occurring.
If these kinds of results were published in any other sector of the NHS we would have seen ministerial intervention in this situation,’ Matilda MacAttram director of Black Mental Health UK said.

Tune into BBC Radio London’s 94.9 FM on Sunday 7th December from 8.00- 10.00pm to hear learn more about one of the most significant issues effecting black Britons today.

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