African-Caribbean people are 3 to 5 times more likely than any other group to be diagnosed and admitted to the hospital for schizophrenia. They are over-represented in high and medium security units and prisons.


In younger members of the Black community, suicides have risen 71% in the past 10 years. Older members also experience mental illness. 36% of older Black and Minority Ethnicity (BME) people feel a “hidden lonliness” and want more companionship.


Depression and anxiety are more prevalent among black women and panic disorder appears to be more prevalent among women in Black, Asian and mixed or other ethnic groups. PTSD is higher in women of black ethnic origin, which is in association to the high levels of sexual assaults they experience.

Trafficked Men and Women

One third of trafficked men and women experience physical or sexual violence or both. 23% of the one third sustain serious injury from the violence. Over half of young trafficking surviors screened positive for depression, a third for anxiety disorder and a quarter for PTSD. 15% experience thoughts self-harm or suicide.


More than 61% of refugees and asylum seekers experience serious mental distress. 57% of refugee women are likely to have PTSD and 20% expereince suicidal thoughts. 47% suffer from stress, anxiety or depression that are caused by financial worries or unemployment.