People in London, England who are black or of mixed-race descent are more mistrustful of mental health services than white people are, according to a Kings College London study in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.
The researchers looked at cases of 202 people using mental health services in South London, and found that black and mixed-race people more often reported unfair treatment and feelings of mistrust.
“Neither prevalence of schizophrenia spectrum nor rates of hospital admission explained the greater mistrust of mental health services found among people of Black and mixed Black and White ethnicity compared with White ethnicity,” concluded the researchers. “Rather, people of Black and mixed Black and white ethnicity may be more likely to experience unfair treatment, generating mistrust; furthermore, this group is more likely to express mistrust even after accounting for reporting of unfair treatment by mental health services and staff.”
Henderson, R. C., P. Williams, J. Gabbidon, S. Farrelly, O. Schauman, S. Hatch, G. Thornicroft, D. Bhugra, and S. Clement. “Mistrust of Mental Health Services: Ethnicity, Hospital Admission and Unfair Treatment.” Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 24, no. 03 (June 2015): 258–65. doi:10.1017/S2045796014000158. (Abstract)