Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women, mental health and COVID-19

This factsheet, COVID-19: BAME women and mental health explores statistics surrounding black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women through the COVID-19 lens and that of mental health.

Currently, a third of COVID-19 patients are from BAME backgrounds which is disproportionate when compared to their 13% representation in the UK population. Men appear to be more susceptible to the virus than women. So, whether it is BAME women themselves or their fathers, sons, brothers or partners, there is likely to be a disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities.

It is well documented that many women from the Windrush generation came to the UK in the 1950s and 1960s to work in the NHS, and that BAME women are over represented in health and social-care services in 2020. The Race Disparity Unit (RDU) data shows for example that whilst the Black/Black British population accounts for only 3.4% of the working age population 6.1% of employees in the NHS are Black. The Asian/Asian British population accounts for 7.2% of the working age population and 10% of the NHS are Asian.

Find out more on the following topics:

  • black and black British women’s mental health
  • fostering a culture of inclusion and wellbeing
  • bullying and harassment
  • hidden financial pressures and commitment
  • precarious employment

What can employers do now?

At this time when employers are taking steps to take care of their employee’s health and wellbeing, employers should also be mindful of disparities that may exist for BAME employees because of underlying health conditions.

One simple thing all employers can do is, encourage your managers to check in with employees now and ask about their health and wellbeing and that of their households, in the light of this pandemic.