We must start talking about mental health (and wellbeing)

Mental Health Stressedsource: The Voice Online
published: 28 November 2017

Whether it’s the stigma that surrounds people affected by depression or often inadequate NHS treatment, mental health is a key challenge facing black Britons. Next week a major conference is aiming to tackle the vital issues.

Everyone is still digesting the recent announcement during Black History Month of Theresa May launching the Race Disparity Audit across all government departments, which again highlights the nature and impact of structural racism on the black community from housing education, criminal justice, workforce, and culture.

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Kingsley Burrell trial: Police officers ‘lied repeatedly’

Kingsley Burrell
Kingsley Burrell

source: BBC News
published: 13 September 2017

Three police officers told repeated lies about a cloth being placed over the head of a mental health patient who later died, a court has heard.

Kingsley Burrell died aged 29, four days after being detained by police.

Jurors heard the men may have “put their heads together” and agreed to lie after the death in March 2011.

Paul Adey, 36, Mark Fannon, 45, and Paul Greenfield, 50, are on trial at Birmingham Crown Court, and deny charges of perjury.

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Sarah Reed : Care failings contributed to death in prison, inquest finds

Sarah Reed
Sarah Reed

source: The Guardian
published: 20 July 2017

A jury at the inquest of Sarah Reed, a mentally ill prisoner at HMP Holloway who took her life at the jail last year, has identified serious shortcomings in her care.

Reed was in prison awaiting medical reports about whether she was mentally fit to plead after being charged with assaulting a nurse in a secure psychiatric unit. The reports found she was unfit to plead, but Reed killed herself three days before they were due to be completed.

The jury concluded that Reed, 32, killed herself at a time when the balance of her mind was disturbed, but they were unsure whether she had intended to do so. They said a failure in management of her medication and the failure to conclude the fitness to plead assessment in a timely manner contributed to her subsequent death.

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