We are dedicated to fighting against race inequality for our patients, carers, members, staff and in wider society.
Black, Asian, and minority ethnic people experience inequalities in the UK, which often lead to inequalities in health. In the past year the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people from ethnic minority groups and the appalling death of George Floyd in the US have highlighted the injustice and inequity that exist in our society.
The independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, led by former RCPsych President Professor Sir Simon Wessely, published in 2018, found that profound inequalities exist for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in access to treatment, experiences of care and outcomes.
In addition, the review heard that Black adults are more likely than adults in other ethnic groups to have been detained under the Mental Health Act.
We've launched new guidance and resources to help mental health employers tackle racism in the workplace. Act Against Racism is our campaign to get organisations to adopt the guidance, and take vital steps towards addressing this huge problem.
Our Equality Action Plan, which promotes equality and equitable outcomes for people within the College and across mental health services regardless of their characteristics and background, contains 29 key actions, which will be rolled out between now and the end of 2023.
Our best practice for improving equalities page contains information relating COVID-19 risk mitigation for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff in mental healthcare settings as well as other resources relating to racism and discrimination.
Remembering the struggles, remembering the achievements
For Black History Month, we hear from the College's CEO Paul Rees, who reflects on the challenges he and others have faced with racism, and the inspiring success stories which ...
Identity, culture, and belonging: bridging the gap between mental health and the arts
For Black History Month, we hear from Isballe Gallier-Birt Olaniyan - one of the inaugural recipients of the Aggrey Burke Fellowship scheme. She talks about the intersection of mental health ...
Inaugural Aggrey Burke Fellows: Daniel Olaniyan
For Black History Month, we hear from Daniel Olaniyan - one of the inaugural recipients of the Aggrey Burke Fellowship scheme. He talks about his journey to becoming a medical ...
Afrodepression: towards another aesthetic for Black despair
Dr Dami Ajayi, a writer and psychiatrist, has written our second blog post for Black History Month 2023. He talks about the sub-genre of Afrobeats music known as 'Afrodepression'.Dr Dami Ajayi
The arts and art therapy - not a cure-all but its benefits cannot be overlooked
For this year's Black History Month, we hear from medical student Oluwamayomikun Ajayi about the power of art as a therapy for mental health, and the use of arts in ...Oluwamayomikun Ajayi
South Asian History Month: My journey from South Asian to UK practice, second motherhood, community and cultural differences
Dr Supriya Agarwal talks about the challenges of coming to work as a psychiatrist in the UK, and her experiences over the last four years.Dr Supriya Agarwal
South Asian History Month: Breaking barriers – The imperative of an innovative mindset for clinicians from a South Asian background
For South Asian History Month, Dr Amit Chougule delves into the importance of developing an innovative mindset and how cultivating this can greatly benefit clinicians in their careers and patient ...Dr Amit Chougule
Celebrating Black history month 2022 – Dr Mona-Lisa Kwentoh
As part of this year's Black History Month, Lisa Kwentoh reflects on how to define her contributions to both psychiatry and society.Mona-Lisa Kwentoh