Mental Health, Faith and Culture


This month Mamataj Begum, Grace Louisy and Juhi Verma are joined by Nikhwat Marawat an alum from the 2015-16 cohort and a mental health campaigner.

His inspiration for being so brave and bringing attention to the issue particularly of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds suffering from mental health problems but not feeling able to access the right treatment came from the loss of his brother. You can read his brave, touching and incredibly open blog here.

These four people from different BME communities talk about some of the misconceptions they have experienced growing up, and the affect they have had on themselves and their families.

They also talk about some of the stories and statistics of people from minority backgrounds engaging with mental health services, highlighting the need for a system that treats individuals rather than a blanket treatment that fails anyone too far from the “norm.”

Nikhwat’s final word is on the importance of just talking, talking often, talking about anything. Then when the time comes to talk about big things and heavy topics you’ll have those foundations which allow you to do so naturally and easily.

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