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British Indian children have lowest rate of mental health disorders


British Indian children have better mental health than white British children, research published online in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has found.

A team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine looked at 14,000 children.

They found the proportion of British Indian children with any mental health disorder was 3.7 per cent, the lowest of any ethnic group. By comparison, 10% of white British children reported mental health problems.

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  • D Wright

    Is it not true that Indian cultures will not admit to or accept to any form of mental health or 'depression' for fear of being ostracized and shamed in their community?

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  • I think that view is now somewhat old fashioned. The British Indian population, especially those born and brought up in the UK are more likely to acknowledge and seek help for mental illness and learning disabilities than previous generations. Such views can be seen not only to be ignorant but also potentially damaging to the families of such patients. Having worked with many such families in both fields in and out of nursing I have yet to encounter this level of denial. And I too happen to be of such origin and a dual qualified practitioner.

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