Promotion of Diversity in Mental Health

The Promotion of Diversity in Mental Health:   Education on Cultural differences for healthcare professionals. 

The chosen area for promotion in mental health is education on cultural differences for staff. The author will use the literature available on the chosen topic, and also use personal experiences if available, to provide a sound personal and professional rationale for choice. “Culture is much more significant than either race or biology in personality development.”   Mead, (1978) cited Papadopoulos (2006, p. 14).
It is essential to explore the chosen topic in today’s healthcare because, “over 90 per cent of the independent states in the world are now ethnically mixed, containing people of different origins, cultures and religion.” cheung-judge, (1993) cited Henley and Schott, (1999, p. xvii). Papadopoulos (2006 p. 1) argues that, “we are of differing cultural backgrounds, and live and work in a number of countries with people from diverse societies and different experiences.”   This could be related to mental health care, as there are large groups of culturally diverse patients and staff, in particular the staff in healthcare. 
In order for the correct patient care to be administered appropriately, the staff needs to not only have a knowledge basis of caring for patients, but also have the right information and education for each patient, no matter their culture. Henley and Schott, (1999 p. xvii), argue that, “healthcare professionals and carers need the skills, information and confidence to find out what each patient needs and the support and flexibility to provide it.” Over the last few years, there has been evidence to show that this area requires improvement in order to understand current practice and to contribute to its future development in a culturally responsive way, Papadopoulos (2006).

Transcultural health and nursing emphasises the importance of empowering clients to participate in healthcare decisions; Papadopoulos (2006 p. 8) argues...