SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE
AS awareness of mental health problems is increasing, it is now more important than ever for people to be introduced to the concept of positive mental health. One Voice is working actively to address the wide range of mental health issues in Blackburn and Darwen.
In order to help people identify and access relevant support for mental health in Blackburn, One Voice held a Steering Meeting this month where we engaged with members of the community and mental health experts. This meeting was be led by Jal Iqbal, Community Development Worker at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
One Voice held focus groups for both men and women to trigger discussions about mental health difficulties. The focus groups also addressed the issue of stigma associated with mental health.
Further workshops took place on the area of Suicide. A final report has been prepared for Public Health Blackburn and Darwen.
Relaxation Key to Better Mental Health
As part of Phase 3 of the Baiter Sehat project, One Voice held a series of well being sessions for women on June 8th at the Lancashire Health and Well Being Centre. The sessions entailed 25 minute therapy sessions for 12 ladies.
The therapies availed of included hot stones neck and shoulder massage, neck and head massage, foot, ankle and lower leg massage and back massage.
The attendees thoroughly enjoyed their treatments, and some even booked further consultations at the centre. Robina Kausar who attended the session said, “I didn’t know this centre existed. We need to raise awareness about places like this.”
Her enthusiasm was mirrored by Ms Nighat who said, “I actually fell asleep, it was that relaxing. Just what I needed!”
Zainab said, “The centre is so professional and the staff are so hospitable. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. This is a real jewel in our local community and I will be encouraging my friends to attend.”
Another attendee who ask not to be named said, “The session was great. It made me realise that I need to look after myself more often.”
One Voice, through the Baiter Sehat campaign, will be holding further events at the Lancashire Health and Well Being Centre. If you would like to participate please contact Shabnum Ahmed by emailing: email@example.com.