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BMH UK flag urgent need for the recognition of anti-black/African-phobic racism facing black Britons

22 June 2016

ECRI_300._jpgBMH UK has called on the Council of Europe's European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance to request that the British Government address the anti-black/African-phobic racism facing black Britons living in the UK. In a written submission, in preparation of their country monitoring report, BMH UK highlighted the consistent failure of the mainstream equalities agenda to address the racial injustices faced by black patients within mental health services. This document also detailed the discrimination faced by the wider community which has resulted in stark social and economic disparities that are consistently sidelined in public policies.

 

Concern over omission of race in new physical health screening guidance

20 June 2016

Improving_the_physical_health_of_people_with_MH_Problems_-_Action_for_nurses_May_2016With data showing that the life expectancy of patients living with a diagnosis of severe mental illness' is reduced by as much as 30 years, new guidance on ways to improve the physical health of this group is a step in the right direction. Experts from the UK's African Caribbean community have voiced concern at the absence of any reference to race or the need for cultural competency in this document, in light of the over representation of black people in this system, or a dedicated focus on Cancer, which is the second leading cause of death amongst this group.

 

Alarming rate of looked after children ending up in prison needs urgent reform

07 June 2016

In_Care_Out_of_Trouble_-_Prison_Reform_Trust_2016With black and mixed race children accounting for 16% of those in the care system, even though they make up just 5% of the UK's child population, a new review showing that up to half of children that end up in children's prison have been care is of significant importance for black Briton. Chaired by Lord Lamming this review from the Prison Reform Trust calls for top level commitment to address what many across the community have condemned as an injustice.

 

'Justice delay is justice denied'

16 March 2016

Judges_Gavel1News that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have sent the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) files of two black men who died in police custody while in need of mental health care, has raised questions over the protracted legal process surrounding such cases.    For timely justice to be served calls are being made for independent reports of any suspicious death while in the 'care' of the state to be referred directly to the CPS, cutting out years of waiting and the lengthy expensive inquest hearings that cannot result in convictions.

 

BMH UK gives evidence to APPG inquiry on mental health social work

15 March 2016

House_of_Commons._4jpgHuman rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK was among the organisations who gave evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on social work's inquiry into mental social work. Dicussions focused around the need for  the reintroduction of a more wholistic person centered approach to care, rather than the medical model, that is usually acompanied by heavy foresnsic response, particularly when dealing with the needs of people from the UK's African Caribbean communities.

 

 

 

 

BMH UK honoured at Black Fathers Annual Community Awards

21 June 2016

Black_Fathers_support_group_logoBy Ruth Dayspring
The Black Father's support group has given BMH UK's director Matilda MacAttram an award in recognition of her services to the community, for her leadership of the UK's only black led human rights campaigns group that advocates at a policy level for those from the community subject to detention under the Mental Health Act. BMH UK was nominated by organisers of this event for keeping the issue of the injustices faced by black people from the community in these systems on the political agenda.

 

Policing and Crime Bill parliamentary debate to include BMH UK 's call for ban on Taser against detained patients

13 June 2016

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Calls by human rights campaigns group, Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) for a ban on the use of Taser firearms against people detained on locked psychiatric wards, will be among amendments debated on the second day of report stage of the Policing and Crime Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 13th June 2016.

 

IPCC report shows police more likely to use force against black people

20 March 2016

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By Zephaniah Samuels
A new study on police use of force by the Independent Police Complaints Commisssion (IPCC) shows that black people, and those known to have mental health conditions are more likely to be subject to force when they come in contact with the police. These finding confirm the views that were voiced during a joint IPCC & BMH UK consultation event on the levels of coercion used by police, which fed into this report.

 

Chair of society of black lawyers, Judge Peter Herbert, sues MoJ for racism

15 March 2016

Society_of_black_lawyers_3Judge Peter Herbert OBE, chair of the Society of Back Lawyers has launched an action against the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), alleging race discrimination and victimisation.
A number of respected and high profile figures from the community including Baroness Doreen Laurence, Courtney Griffiths Q.C. and Michael Mansfield Q.C have spoken out publicly in his defence.

 

 

Government responds to Harris Review into self-inflicted prison deaths of young people

22 December 2015

Govt_response_to_the_Harris_ReviewBy Staff writer
The Government has published its response to the Harris Review into self-inflicted death in custody of 18-24 year olds, after a yearlong inquiry starting in April 2014, which made public it's final report in July 2015. Acknowledging that the 'prison system needs urgent reform', Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove made reference to plans for the Ministry of Justice to review the youth justice system in the New Year.

 

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