BME groups and mental health

Issues you may encounter involving BME groups and mental health include:

  • BME parents with mental health problems are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment and homelessness.
  • Some common family structures, such as lone parenting, can increase the risks arising from isolation and lack of support for both parents and their children.
  • People from BME communities are less well served by mental health services.
  • BME parents with mental health problems are often reluctant to use existing services because these are often not culturally sensitive to their needs.
  • Reluctance to access services may result in mental health problems becoming more severe before diagnosis, treatment and support is obtained.
  • Mental health problems among BME parents, compounded by lack of treatment and support, can have enduring effects upon their children and contribute to their over-representation in the child care system.

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