WOMAN MENTAL HEALTH

We have been working with and on behalf of South Asian women with mental health needs since the 90s, initially under a contract to Manchester Children, Families and Social Care (Manchester Social Services) and now under a contract to Manchester Mental Health Joint Commissioning Executive.

What do we do?

We organise two very successful drop-ins. Please see the back of this flyer for details of venue and time. The drop-ins are for South Asian women (those who come from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and neighbouring countries and who are Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs or of another faith) suffering from

· isolation
· loneliness
· anxiety
· depression
· stress
· emotional problems

The drop-ins enable service users to

· meet with others who are in a similar situation to themselves
· discuss their needs/concerns with the drop-in co-ordinator/ Mental Health Support Worker
· find out about services that may be available
· learn new skills
· develop new interests
· learn to cope better with their situation

Activities at the drop-ins

Service users are able to participate in range of activities including

· English classes
· physical exercises
· arts and crafts
· sewing
· healthy cooking and eating

Drop in users taking part in an Arts and Crafts session

 

Guest speakers are invited to provide information on a range on topics including mental wellbeing, mental illness, health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, women’s issues, social care and healthy eating.

Occasionally outings are arranged for service users.

Other support

Apart from the drop-ins, we

· visit service users
· look at their social and health care needs—what they need to maintain or improve their quality of life.
· provide practical help, for example, we make phone calls, write letters, talk to others and complete forms
· talk to service users in their own language where possible. Our staff/ volunteers speak English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Bangla
· help improve relationship between service users, their carers and professionals
· where necessary, accompany service users on their appointments with GPs, Psychiatrists and with other health and social care professionals
· encourage and provide support to service users to participate in mental health forums
· raise awareness of mental health/illness within the South Asian communities
· serve on forums such as the Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum to share our understanding of service user and carer needs, service user experiences and gaps in provision so that appropriate strategies and services can be developed and delivered

 


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