NHS BWAE 1928 - Digest Of The Mental Health Workshop

Digest of the Mental Health Workshop May 2022 4 BACKGROUND Overview The 2-day workshop took place in Colchester, Essex on the 30-31st March 2022. The aim was to facilitate the Muslim community to understand and express their mental healthcare needs. The workshop was designed and delivered by The 1928 Institute and commissioned by the Bangladeshi Women’s Association Essex. Bangladeshi Women’s Association Essex The Bangladeshi Women’s Association Essex (BWAE) aims to improve the quality of life for Bangladeshi women and their families living in Colchester and the surrounding areas. There is inadequate provision for the culturally specific needs of the community in Colchester. BWAE was set up to serve the local community and improve access to services and social welfare. Kiran Kaur Manku, The 1928 Institute BWAE are passionate about mental health and supporting the needs of their community which is why they commissioned this workshop. The Director and Chairperson, Mrs Jahanara Loqueman, tragically lost her daughter to suicide in 2000. Jahanara’s daughter had been receiving counseling from a trainee counselor at a GP surgery who had no experience with diverse communities. BWAE knew this difficult subject had to be tackled head-on and by the community themselves, so comissioned this workshop. The 1928 Institute The 1928 Institute is a University of Oxford spin-out and community organisation for British Indians. It is led by academics and is a platform for debate, dialogue, and critical research. In the COVID-19 & Health report, they found 76% of British Indians face barriers to accessing mental healthcare. This was presented to Parliamentarians and senior NHS staff. This led to joining the Patient and Carers Race Equality Framework (PCREF) and being commissioned by NHS England