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Black and Minority Ethnic older people and mental wellbeing


To provide practitioners with details of research in this area and to provide illustrations of practice and service commissioning. 

Research team

Jill Manthorpe, SCWRU
Jo Moriarty, SCWRU
Shereen Hussein, SCWRU
Martin Stevens, SCWRU
Tay Nagendran, SCWRU


Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)


The study is identifying what social care provision is available for BME older people with depression and whether this provision is acceptable, accessible and effective in promoting the well-being of older people from BME groups. The Unit contributed to the systematic map of the area conducted by SCIE.


Following the literature review, a practice review will start in 2009 on the area of depression and older people from BME groups in four local authority sites in England and Northern Ireland.


2007 – 2010



Manthorpe, J., Moriarty, J., Stevens, M., Sharif, N. & Hussein, S., (2010), 'Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Older People's Mental Wellbeing: Accounts of Social Care Practice', Knowledge and Research Report 38, London: Social Care Institute for Excellence.


Manthorpe, J., Moriarty, J., Stevens, M., Hussein, S. & Sharif, N., (2010), 'Black and minority ethnic older people and mental well-being: possibilities for practice', Working with Older People, 14(4): 32-37. 


Manthorpe, J., (2011), 'Older people from black and minority ethnic groups: mental wellbeing' [ppt, 2.33 MB], British Society of Gerontology 40th Annual Conference, Plymouth, 7 July.

Related work

Manthorpe, J. & Moriarty, J., (2009), 'Working with older people from black and minority ethnic groups who have depression. From margin to mainstream', Quality in Ageing, 10(1): 24-31.

Moriarty, J., (2009), 'A Race Equality Foundation Briefing Paper: the health and social care experiences of black and minority ethnic older people', Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 2(1): 50-56.

Moriarty, J., (2008), 'The Health and Social Care Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Older People', Better Health Briefing 9, London: REU, Communities and Local Government.

Caan, W., Stanley, N. & Manthorpe, J., (2007), 'Depression and persistent effects on work: an "expert patient" survey of 500 social workers', Journal of Public Mental Health, 5(4): 38-44.

Manthorpe, J. & Iliffe, S., (2006), 'Anxiety and depression', Nursing Older People, 18(1): 25-29.

Manthorpe, J. & Iliffe, S., (2006), 'Depression and dementia: taking a dual diagnosis approach', Nursing Older People, 18(2): 24-29.


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