A research project by Policy Connect and Manchester Metropolitan University tackling mental health race disparities, to reduce detention rates.

Black British people are four times more likely than white British people to be detained under the Mental Health Act. Furthermore, Black British men are more likely to receive mental health care under detainment (Race Equality Foundation, 2018). The disproportionate use of the Act to detain British men of African and Caribbean heritage is one of the key focus areas in the government’s plans for reform of the Mental Health Act.

Policy Connect is consequently pleased to partner with Manchester Metropolitan University in this project seeking to address racial disparities for those ‘sectioned’ under the Mental Health Act.

The Policy Connect lead on this project is Becky Rice, Head of Health.