Mental ill health and equality

Author: Bignall, Tracey

Corporate author: Race Equality Foundation

Publisher: Engage London

Publication date: March 2015

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Mental health is defined as ‘a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’ (World Health Organisation, 2014).

This paper will explore mental health issues and young people, outline government policy on mental health, and highlight some issues in relation to young people from black and minority ethnic communities.