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This talk was organised by Bristol University Pakistani Society on the 27th of November 2020 for university students who have a South Asian background.

For 2 hours on the evening of the 27th of November, about 40 university students attended a workshop on mental health in a cultural South Asian community, including the organisers from the university society. Alhamdulillah, the event was a success with attendees engaging well and asking many questions around the South Asian culture and how to address negative attitudes towards mental health.

The audience were engaging as they had opportunities to provide feedback and their own opinions within the discussion. We spoke about our personal experiences with mental health, general information on mental health and wellbeing, and how to support oneself and others. We also discussed the various services provided by the qualified counselling and support teams at Inspirited Minds and how their services can really empower individuals to speak their truth and heal from difficult experiences.

Following on from this, we had a short QnA where the attendees had lots of questions and shared their stories. The event was a bright success, with the attendees sharing that support from other organisations and societies on campus when it comes to raising awareness of mental health and providing support. They really have created a good network of support that ensures people who are struggling can access the support they need.

Top tips for Managing Mental Wellbeing:

  • Taking the time to listen to the friend/family member who may be feeling down or negatively.
  • Not trying to please people or comparing yourself to other people as it will make you feel like a ‘failure’ if you have not achieved something that someone else has and this is not the case.
  • If it is a serious issue, although it is important to listen and help a friend, remember you are not a professional so they may need to get professional help.

If you are going through a difficult time and are experiencing anything relevant to the above mentioned topic, then feel free to contact our support service including counselling. For further information please visit: Get Help

If you would like to get involved in raising awareness about mental health in your local community, we are looking to grow our outreach team to different cities around the country. We will ensure that you are fully trained and confident before running workshops & talks.

Please visit our website for more information: Vacancies

Sarah Gulamhusein

Sarah is a Master’s graduate in Psychology, having completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Biochemistry. She is passionate about mental health and has attained a good knowledge of mental illnesses from both a scientific and psychological perspective. From her early years, she has been a keen writer and has consistently used her words to raise awareness and battle the stigma of mental health in society, highlight the challenges faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities within the UK – especially for an organisation called 1000women. She hopes to use her skills and motivation to inspire others, promote co-existence and help others.

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