Black women are more likely than white women to experience common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, according to government figures.
Sectioning powers under the Mental Health Act also disproportionately affect black people.
BBC journalist Abdirahim Saeed reflects on the case of a close relative and speaks to black women about their experiences.
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Video Journalist: Tobias Chapple
Senior Producer: Tammi Walker
Additional Filming: Abdirahim Saeed