London Assembly, February 2018
Report that identifies four key problems that people in marginalised groups can encounter when trying to get mental health support.
- Physical barriers to accessing mental health services, in terms of where, when and how the services operate.
- The language used by health professionals can be offputting, intimidating or discriminatory – and this can prevent people from using particular services or discussing sensitive mental health issues with them.
- Many GPs and other primary care staff lack the skills and/or the capacity to deal appropriately with mental health issues in ways that are supportive and inclusive of diverse population.
- Specialist mental health services are being replaced by generalist services, which lack expertise in dealing with the needs of marginalised groups.
This report calls for the involvement of service users – and potential service users – from marginalised groups in the planning and discussions on developing services.
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