The mental health of UK BAME men suffered most in the Covid crisis

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BAME men reported a 14% deterioration in mental health, while white men reported a 6.5% deterioration in mental health.
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A research has shown that the mental health of men from BAME backgrounds was hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak. During the Covid 19 blackout, BAME men suffered a much greater decline in their mental health than their white British counterparts, but race had little effect on women’s deteriorating mental health, the study found. In December, leading psychiatrist Dr. Adrian James said the Figures indicate that, as a direct result of the crisis, up to 10 million people, including 1.5 million children, require new or additional mental health assistance. The report, published in the journal Plos One by researchers at the University of Exeter Business School and the University of Glasgow, assessed and compared the effect of the lockdown on different ethnic groups’ mental health. In both 2017-2019 and April 2020, the study used data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) of 14,523 individuals surveyed. BAME men recorded a decline in their mental health of about 14 percent from 2017-2019 to April 2020, but the deterioration was lower at about 6.5 percent for white British men. Women also struggled with their mental health during the lockdown, as stated in a previous study, and experienced a similar deterioration in their mental health as BAME men, but ethnicity was not found to play a major role. Similar differences in ethnic group mental health deterioration were observed after eliminating the impact of probable factors such as age, place of residence, income, education, type of work, employment status and family structure. The study says that although current reports and research, including from Public Health England, have found that Covid-19 has repeated and in some cases worsened health Prof. Climent Quintana-Domeque of the University of Exeter, co-author of the report, said that the pandemic disproportionately impacted the physical and mental wellbeing of people from BAME communities, which could have drastic repercussions for worsening current health and socio-economic disparities. “Future work should focus on the biological, social and structural differences between ethnic groups that could explain the differential deterioration in mental wellbeing,” he said. This research is important to establish successful strategies to counter the negative effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on the ethnic divide,” she added.

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