Equality Statement

New Horizons is dedicated to creating a working environment and services that reflect our commitment to equality and inclusion. We endorse and enact policies and practices that will enable us to respond to the diverse requirements of staff and participants in our services. New Horizons also acknowledge that embedding equality and inclusion is an ongoing commitment which we will demonstrate by,

Management involvement in ongoing personal development and service reviews

Ensuring that all staff receive equality training and updates

Measuring progress on reaching equality goals

Increasing take up and positive feedback from service users

Increased diversity and representation in staff, trustee and management roles

 

As a community based mental health charity, we understand and acknowledge that people’s lived experiences and identity can impact on their life chances and the circumstances they encounter. Our equality policy states our commitment to recognising and responding to all individuals.

In this context we recognise people and communities who fall into the categories of protected characteristics under the UK Equalities Act definition (age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity) will have varied experiences. We at New Horizons recognise that creating accessible and appropriate services and spaces is an ongoing commitment. All staff continue to participate in training and personal development opportunities to better help us engage with all people and to enhance our understanding of all of the protected characteristics.

 

Race Equality Statement

New Horizons Mental Health endorses the Welsh Government aspiration for an Anti-racist Wales by 2030. We strive to contribute to achieving equality throughout the mental health sector across Cwm Taf Morgannwg and throughout Wales.

Racism and discrimination have an untold and corrosive impact on mental health. They deepen health inequalities across communities. They create fear, anxiety and distrust. And they erode the sense of wellbeing that so many of us enjoy and take for granted.

In mental health, as in other areas of life, there is a disparity in how many Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals and populations are listened to and supported at every level. Numerous studies have detailed that there are significant mental health, health and justice inequalities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people; these include:

More likely to experience mental health problems

Less likely to receive psychological therapies for mental health issues

More likely to be compulsorily admitted to hospital

More likely to be on a medium or high secure ward

More likely to experience a poor outcome from treatment

 

 

New Horizons is pleased to announce that on Oct 22, 2022, we were awarded the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification Scheme (WGPCS) Silver Award. This award is administered by Diverse Cymru and endorsed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Welsh Government.

As a demonstration of our active commitment to provide accessible and inclusive services and to address inequalities New Horizons continues to be involved in the Cultural Competency Certification Scheme.

Publications 

Mind. (2019). Discrimination in mental health services. [online] Available at:
https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/legal-news/legal-newsletter-june-2019/discrimination-in-june-2019/discrimination-in-mental-health-services/
(Accessed 21 Sep. 2020).

 

Mind. (2019). Discrimination in mental health services. [online] Available at:
https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/legal-news/legal-newsletter-june-2019/discrimination-in-june-2019/discrimination-in-mental-health-services/
(Accessed 21 Sep. 2020).

 

Mind. (2019). Discrimination in mental health services. [online] Available at:
https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/legal-news/legal-newsletter-june-2019/discrimination-in-june-2019/discrimination-in-mental-health-services/
(Accessed 21 Sep. 2020).

 

Tracey Bignall, T., Jeraj, S., Helsby, E. and Butt, J. (2019) Racial disparities in mental health: Literature and evidence review, [online] Available at
https://raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/mental-health-report-v5-2.pdf
(Accessed 21/09/2020)