Minority voices: research into the access and acceptability of services for the mental health of young people from Black and minority ethnic groups

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Street, Cathy; Stapelkamp, Ceilidh; Taylor, Emily
Date of publication
1 February 2005
Mental health services, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This research report describes the aims and methodology of the Minority Voices study, presents the key themes and issues emerging from the data collected, and draws from this some of the implications for improving service provision and, in particular, access for this client group. The data have been gathered from: a mapping of services across England and Wales primarily focused on Tier 1, but also drawing in services across all tiers that appeared to be focused on young people from Black and minority ethnic groups; an in-depth study in four sample areas of services for the mental health of Black and minority ethnic young people in both the statutory and voluntary sectors; and focus groups and individual interviews with young people - both users of mental health services and young people in high risk groups - and with staff working with them.

The report is aimed at policy-makers in government, service commissioners and those working with young people from Black and minority ethnic communities. The report has been structured so that the research findings themselves comprise the central part of the document with each of the three main chapters focusing on a specific aspect of the information gathering. In each, where possible, quotes from young people and staff have been used to illustrate the points raised. Tables are presented that summarise areas of unmet need and also factors that study participants identified as helpful in service provision and in facilitating access to mental health support and engagement with staff.

A complementary report, Minority Voices: A guide to good practice in planning and providing services for the mental health of young people from Black and minority ethnic communities is based on the findings of this study and is attached to the end of this document.

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