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New guidelines to promote culturally sensitive mental health services

Director of Mental Health Reform Dr Shari McDaid said the guidelines have been produced to provide a dedicated resource for mental health services and staff on how to develop culturally competent mental health care.

 “National consultations and international research show that people from ethnic minority communities experience significant barriers in accessing mental health services and in getting the necessary supports to meet their needs,” said Dr McDaid.

“The guidelines set out recommendations to promote the development of culturally competent mental health services and to address existing barriers to accessing services experienced by people from ethnic minority communities, including ensuring diverse beliefs and values are respected and enhancing communication and language supports. The guidelines acknowledge that investment is needed to train staff in how to deliver a culturally sensitive service.”

The guidelines are available at 

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