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An exploration of Black carers' experiences of their relative/loved one's detention under the Mental Health Act
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    Ajala N
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    Fornells-Ambrojo M
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Aims: Compulsory admission can have a devastating impact on the service-user and their families. Black people continue to be disproportionately detained under the Mental Health Act; however, little is known about the impact of this on their support network. With greater emphasis now on involving carers in the treatment of service-users, it is therefore important to consider their views to inform service development. This study aims to understand the experiences of Black carers, when their loved one has been detained under the Mental Health Act. Method: Ten Black carers of African and Caribbean heritage were recruited online from non-NHS carer organisations across the UK. Semi-structured interviews were conducted online as well as demographic details and the Brief Experience of Caregiving Inventory (BECI) for descriptive purposes. Interview transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Results: Five superordinate themes emerged. Black carers reported that the compulsory detention of their loved was traumatic. They were fearful about how services would treat their loved one and felt let down and unappreciated by health professionals. Black carers valued attending carer groups and relied on their faith for coping. The subjective experience of racism was felt by some Black carers, but it was difficult to articulate. Conclusions: Compulsory detention of a loved one, is a traumatic and frightening experience for Black carers. Clinical implications include the need for trauma-focussed interventions and services working in partnership with Black carers.
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