Diversity and Mental Health

It is very easy to try and treat diversity and mental health as separate entities. However, in reality the two very much overlap.

Unfortunately, health is one of the areas where societal inequalities are most apparent, and mental health is not exempt from this. It is a fact that your mental ill-health susceptibility and care is largely influenced by your background, and certain characteristics.

Black and minority ethnic people are 40% more likely to access mental health services via the criminal justice system than white people

People in the Black ethnic group are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than their white counterparts

LGBT individuals are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health, including depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and substance misuse

Between 25-40% of people with learning disabilities also experience mental health problems, but these are not always recognised

Diversity in sport is an ongoing debate. Sport can build community and bring people together, but it is also important to acknowledge that many sports are not truly inclusive or accessible to all. This exclusion can have severe mental health consequences so it is important we consider how to address this if we are aiming for better psychological wellbeing within sport overall.

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Inclusive Resources

 

AgeUK

0800 678 1602 from 8.00 - 19.00

Or website

For older people and their carers

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

0800 58 58 58 from 17.00 to midnight every day

Or website

For men

CarersUK

080 8808 7777 Monday - Friday from 9.00 - 18.00

Or website

For carers

Childline

0800 1111 available 24/7
Or website

For children and young people under 19

FamilyLine

0808 802 6666 Monday - Friday from 9.00 - 21.00
Or via email on familyline@family-action.org.uk

For family issues (for over 18s)

Feeling Down

Guide to help people with learning disabilities to take care of their health available online

For those with a learning disability

Inspirited Minds

For those from an Islamic faith

Jami

Online resources and physical hubs available

For the Jewish community

Men’s Health Forum

Online resources

For men

Mencap

0808 808 1111 Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00
Or website

For those with, or caring for those with a learning disability

Menopause Matters

Online forum

For those experiencing menopause

Mermaids

0808 801 0400 Monday – Friday from 9.00 – 21.00
Or website

For trans and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families

Mind and Soul Foundation

Online support or 01273 234 839 (If no one available to speak, there is a 24-hour confidential answerphone)

For the LGBTQ community

National Autistic Society

0808 800 4104 Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00 (excluding bank holidays)
Or website

For those with, or caring for someone with autism

Papyrus

0800 068 41 41 Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 22.00, weekends from 14.00 to 22.00, bank holidays 14.00 to 17.00
Or website

For those under 35

Refuge

0808 2000 247 available 24/7

Or website

For victims of domestic violence

The Silver Line

0800 4 70 80 90 available 24/7
Or website

For older people

Wellbeing Connect

Online or via 020 88032200 (during office hours)

For Black and Ethnic Minority individuals

We will endeavour to keep these resources up to date, but please be aware that changes made by the providing organisations of these helplines and websites may not be immediately reflected.

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.

If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.