Author: National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. Advancing Mental Health Equality Quality Improvement Collaborative

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The reality is that despite the collective efforts of many equality advocates, we have not made sufficient progress in addressing mental or physical health inequality. Indeed, for many people from our diverse communities – including people from racialised communities, disabled people, people on low incomes, people from Irish Traveller communities, people in contact with the criminal justice system, and people who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans queer1 and +, encompassing anyone who doesn’t feel include in the other categories) – we have seen inequality worsen, with more experiencing long-term and complex mental ill health than ever before. In the year to March 2021 There has been a 24.5% annual increase in the number of referrals to NHS Psychological Therapies.2 The Government ethnicity data on detentions under the Mental Health Act showed that in 2020-2021, the detention rate of Black or Black British people was five times higher than the detention rate of white people.3

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