In 2005 Cairde has conducted a health needs assessment on people from ethnic minority groups in Dublin North Central, utilising a community development approach. Operating from social determinants of health model the research found immigration, accommodation, racism, discrimination, employment and education impact at a community level upon the health of ethnic minorities.[1] As part of their study participants also reported how satisfied they were with their health. Of the participants 38% stated that stress, anxiety or depression were the main reasons they were dissatisfied with their overall health.[2]

The research  ‘New Communities and Mental Health: A Needs Analysis’ conducted by Cairde in partnership with Dublin City University in 2008 on the needs of ethnic minorities with regard to mental health and well-being stated that many of the ethnic minority community members ‘…would never seek help from health professionals with regard to their mental health difficulties[3].

Cairde’s on-going work in the area of health indicated that many issues leading to the exclusion of people living with mental health issues require leadership to emerge from within their communities, in order for these issues to be addressed. This learning resulted in Cairde engaging a broad community based approach targeting wider ethnic minority community members to participate in discussions on mental health. The report from consultations highlights main barriers and recommendations. 


[1] Sanders, T. and Whyte S. (2006) Assessing the Health and Related Needs of Minority Ethnic Groups in Dublin’s North Inner City, Cairde. Hereafter referred to as the Cairde Report.

[2] Cairde report, 2006:44

[3] R. Lakeman, A. Matthews, R. Munck, M. Redmond, T. Sanders, J. Walsh (2008) New Communities and Mental health in Ireland: A Needs Analysis, Cairde, DCU.