COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Mind targets black and ethnic groups to improve access

Mental health charity Mind is targeting black and minority ethnic communities in an attempt to improve their access to services and treatments.

Different ethnic groups have different problems when it comes to mental health services, explained a spokeswoman. Members of the black community are far more likely to be diagnosed as schizophrenic and more likely to be given higher doses of psychiatric drugs than other patients, while the Asian community is notorious for not engaging with the system, she said.

Last week, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, Mind published six new translated versions of its booklet Understanding Mental Illness in order to reach the Bengali, Hindi, Cantonese, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu communities, with Somali and Gujerati translations to follow.

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