The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the race inequalities in the mental health system, demonstrating that people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic: ‘dual viruses’ of racism and COVID-19.
Mental health research fails to answer many of the important questions about how Black, Asian and minority ethnic people can best be supported, because the vast majority of studies fail to recruit a representative sample. The insights gathered are often analysed through a white Euro-centric lens and therefore recommendations are unlikely to be culturally appropriate.
What’s more, researchers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are massively underrepresented in the world of mental health research and communities with lived experience are seldom leading research, which means we won’t be asking the right questions to help systems make better choices about the solutions they invest in.
This free Mental Health Question Time webinar will ask how we can promote diversity and equity in mental health science.
Chair: Natalie Creary, Director of Black Thrive
Syeda Akther, Trainee Clinical Psychologist and mental health researcher
Prof Dawn Edge, Psychologist and Professor of Mental Health & Inclusivity at the University of Manchester
Prof Stephani Hatch, Professor of Sociology and Epidemiology at KCL
Prof Frank Keating, Professor of Social Work and Mental Health at the Royal Holloway University of London
Chelsea McDonagh, Student in Education at KCL
Moïse Roche, PhD researcher at UCL
This event is organised by UCL Psychiatry, The Lancet Psychiatry, Black Thrive and The Mental Elf.