COUNT ME IN 2005 CENSUS OF MENTAL HEALTH
INPATIENTS AND ETHNICITY
The census showed that rates of admission to
hospital for mental illness were higher for some BME groups, when
compared with the total population.
Rates of admission of men from the White British,
Chinese and Indian groups were lower than average. Rates were
higher for men from all other ethnic groups, including the White
Irish and Other White group. They were particularly high for men
from Black and White/Black Mixed groups, with rates at three or
more times higher than average. White and Black Caribbean, Caribbean,
African, Other Black and Other Ethnic groups are over 3 times
more likely to be admitted (see figure 6 for standardised rates
of admission by ethnic group).
The census showed that the way in which an inpatient
was referred to mental health services differed between ethnic
groups. For inpatients from the Black Caribbean, Black African
and Other Black groups, the rate of referral by GP was well below
average (40% to 70% lower), whilst referrals by the police were
lower than average in the White British group and almost double
in the Black Caribbean and Black African groups. Similarly, referrals
by the court were lower than average in the White British group
and almost double in the Black Caribbean group.