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Sept 30: Probe into two deaths within two days of restrained black mental health patients - deaths come eight months since the end of government?s five-year plan to tackle racism in mental health services.


Nov 28: Row intensifies over disproportionate rate black people detained in psychiatric units - new figures indicate no improvement since government vowed to tackle the problem three years ago.


May 30: New projects launched to eliminate race discrimination from mental health services - 1m for 40 extra services to build links with black and ethnic minority people.

May 17: Leading psychiatrist turns down OBE in protest at "deeply flawed" mental health bill - Suman Fernando fears planned new law could exacerbate discimination of black people

March 15: Black patients seeing psychiatrist for first time should have advocate, government urges - ...meanwhile, the Commission for Racial Equality is investigating whether the mental health bill might break race law


Oct 2, 2006: Mental health racism claims "meaningless" and "insulting", claim psychiatry professors - social exclusion and low socio-economic status largely causes race inequality figures, argue Swaran Singh and Tom Burns


Dec 7: 'We'll end racism in mental health' says minister - Rosie Winterton pledge follows report revealing black people are three times more likely to be admitted to psychiatric hospital

June 22: Voices for change - a project in Bradford is leading the way in providing community mental health services for black and ethnic minority people. Adam James reports

June 1: A way with the anti-racist will?
- In a bid to root out racism in mental health services the government has launched a raft of initiatives. But will they be enough? Adam James investigates

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