A census of the ethnicity of inpatients in NHS mental health and learning disability services has shown that some black and minority ethnic groups are three times more likely than average to be admitted as inpatients.

The Count Me In Census 2007, a joint initiative by the Healthcare Commission, the Mental Health Act Commission and the National Institute for Mental Health in England, also shows that some ethnic groups have 'significantly higher' rates of mental illness.

It also found that 68 per cent of mental health inpatients are in mixed-sex wards.

To read more about the census, click here