Commissioning and providing mental health advocacy for African and Caribbean men
Outcomes from advocacy
'Delivering Race Equality' describes 12 characteristics of transformed services. As advocacy is a key ingredient of this transformation process, these characteristics can be used as outcomes for advocacy services for African and Caribbean men.
These have been grouped into six areas that were identified from the SCIE Knowledge Review 15.
Outcome area 1: Changes in the person reflected as increased confidence and the ability to get on with life and with other people
- Increase in the numbers of African and Caribbean men who feel that they have recovered from their illness.
- Increased involvement in decisions about care and care planning.
Outcome area 2: Changes in treatment
- Increased access to a greater range of treatments and effective therapies, such as peer support services, psychotherapeutic and counselling treatments, as well as pharmacological interventions that are culturally appropriate and effective.
- Reduction in the disproportionate rate of admissions from African and Caribbean communities to psychiatric inpatient units.
- Fewer violent incidents due to the improved treatment of mental illness.
- Reduction in the rates of seclusion for African and Caribbean men.
- Reduction in the use of physical interventions and associated injuries and deaths in mental health services.
Outcome area 3: Changes in the relationship between mental health services and the individual service user
- Less fear of mental health services by African and Caribbean men and their communities.
- Increase in the choices offered.
- Increased satisfaction and engagement with mental health services.
- Increased involvement of African and Caribbean men in the training of professionals, the development of mental health policy and in the planning and provision of services.
Outcome area 4: Changes in service provision so that service users receive more culturally appropriate and effective service and access to a broader range of support
- Reduction in inequalities and disparities in access to appropriate treatment.
- Provision of a greater range of treatments and effective therapies that are culturally appropriate and effective.
- Development of alternative models of mental health care from a black perspective.
- Development of a workforce that is capable of delivering appropriate and responsive mental health services to African and Caribbean men.
Outcome area 5: Changes in the family and/or support system
- Increased acceptance and awareness of mental health issues by African and Caribbean communities.
- Increased involvement in family and community activities.
Outcome area 6: Changes in the civil status of the individual so that the service user is more able to fully participate in civic and social roles
- Increase in rates of African and Caribbean men moving out of the mental health system and into further training and/or employment.