published: August 2020
Welcome to the UK’s first national pledge calling on senior leaders in NHS mental health trusts, public bodies and commissioning to declare their commitment to reduce inequalities in mental health care systems.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities are facing disproportionate risks in mental health services that require urgent action, intent, shared vision and collaboration.
The context is stark. Ethnic inequalities in mental health care are longstanding and exceptionally large, disadvantaging BAME people in access, care, treatment and outcomes.
CEOs, medical and nursing directors of NHS mental health trusts, commissioners and public bodies who have signed up to the pledge, along with NGOs, BAME voluntary organisations, community groups and activists, share why they are determined to reduce ethnic inequalities in mental health systems and why they want to be part of Synergi collaborative Creative Spaces Network to share good practice, challenges and progress every six months.
We believe it is unacceptable that despite 30 years of research, inquiries and reviews into this issue, a staggering 80% of recommendations made to address this problem have not been implemented fully. It is unacceptable that despite longstanding and pervasive ethnic inequalities, there are no plans for meaningful and sustainable change.