The second progress reports in response to Synergi’s National Pledge to reduce ethnic inequalities in mental health systems are published today.
We welcome Thrive LDN, a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners, as a Pledge Maker with the submission of its 1st progress report. Supported by the Mayor of London, it is led by London Health partners.
A variety of themes thread through the reports, covering #London, Greater Manchester and Birmingham, including navigating the impact of Covid-19 on patients, staff and communities, greater investment in ethnic minority voluntary sector and systems rethink.
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is focused on ensuring that all services can baseline their workforce and service user data to develop local plans with local ownership. And activity is being developed through the lens of being anti-racist and anti-discriminatory.
North East London Health and Care Partnership, Hackney Council, City of London and City and Hackney CCG are focused on the over-representation of black men entering the mental health system via emergency routes and the poor physical health of ethnic minority people with severe mental illness.
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is prioritising the impact of the pandemic on Black and minority ethnic communities, with disproportionate numbers of deaths leading to high levels of demand for mental health support and intervention.
In the wake of the Synergi National Pledge Alliance launch on 25th November 2021, Pledge Makers are calling on mental health systems leaders to sign up to the Pledge to facilitate collaboration to enable real change to happen, at an accelerated pace.
Pledge Makers have also identified policy priorities for the Synergi National Pledge Alliance to champion in 2022, including lobbying NHS England and the government to prioritise reducing ethnic inequalities in mental health.
You can read the second Pledge Progress reports here.