Working together to improve mental health services for ethnic communities

Date: 27th March 2024

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: Fielder Centre, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield Avenue, Hatfield, AL10 9TP

This conference from the HPFT addresses health inequalities in ethnically diverse communities in Hertfordshire, specifically focussing on reducing admission to hospitals and restrictions on liberty, such as detention under the Mental Health Act.

Nationally there are a disproportionate number of people from Black African, African Caribbean, Black British, and Dual Heritage communities, admitted to psychiatric hospitals, detained under the Mental Health Act, and subject to other restrictions impacting their liberty and choice. Additionally, there are inequalities for other ethnic communities in accessing the mental health support they need when in crisis. The HPFT has received funding from Herts and West Essex ICB to understand and tackle these inequalities, which they can only do as a system and in partnership with people with lived experience.

The conference is a multi-agency event including Police, other VCSE sector agencies, and people with lived experience.

The day will begin with registration at 9 am and an opportunity to select 2 workshops to attend during the day.  We will look at the challenges we face, have open multi-panel discussions, and hear from Experts by Experience.  You can help to shape future training and mental health care.  A range of market stalls will be available for you to visit, and a fantastic opportunity to meet and engage with a diverse audience.  Network over lunch accompanied by Steelasophical Steel Band.

Working together we can shape the future, to create a more equitable mental health response for our community.

Click here to register for this event.