Preet Kaur Gill MP was interviewed by journalist, Marverine Cole, for her BBC Radio 4 documentary on mental health, 'Black Girls Don't Cry'.
In the programme, Marverine explores why some black women in the UK are more prone to anxiety and depression. Research suggests that women of African-Caribbean heritage living in the UK are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, panic attacks and OCDs than white women. A recent study by academics at Cambridge University also revealed a disturbing rise in the rates of self-harm among black women aged 16-34.
On the topic of mental health provision in Birmingham, Preet said, "Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) are under immense pressure, clearly they have very high case loads, recruitment of CPNs doesn't seem to be happening. There's clearly a shortfall. They can't get through, they're never available, they're off sick. And this needs to be looked at."
You can listen to the documentary here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b9zfws