BME Mental Health Services in the Spotlight – 06/05/09

Scores of psychiatrists from across the region are set to gather in Walsall to discuss how to improve mental health services for black and ethnic minority (BME) communities.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) is joining together with the West Midlands branch of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) to host a conference on May 15 at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.

The event will focus on how to provide more accessible and efficient mental health services for the region’s BME groups, as well as public education surrounding mental ill health.

Speakers will include BBC journalist Anubha Chaturvedi, Professor Swaran Singh from the University of Warwick, Dr Waquas Waheed from Lancashire Care NHS Trust and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Dr Tom Harrison.

Dr Safi Afghan, a DWMHPT psychiatrist and chair of the RCP’s public education committee, said he was looking forward to the conference.

“The event will look at a range of issues relating to BME mental health services and public education, including the role of the media and promoting mental health in schools,” he said.

“Speakers will discuss research projects they have carried out and practical steps that can be taken to make improvements.”

The event is for psychiatrists and other professionals and individuals involved in providing and promoting mental health.