Local NHS worker tackling mental health stigma in BAME Community

A local NHS worker is volunteering his time to help improve mental health awareness within the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community.

Zabair Hussain is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist who currently works for the NHS within North Kirklees. When he is not working, he volunteers his time to mentoring young asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors who have experienced trauma.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Zabair was contacted  by a London-based Muslim TV Channel for help. Speaking to Huddersfield Times, Zabair told us “[The TV Network] expressed concerns around the lack of culturally sensitive mental health services for the BAME community, lack of education, awareness and recognition of such difficulties and also highlighted considerable taboo and stigma when discussing such topics.”

Working with the TV company, Zabair decided to create short bite-sized videos around common mental health disorders. They wanted the videos to be ‘short, concise and jargon-free’ in order to educate viewers and empower them to seek help.

The videos are essential to raise awareness within the BAME community. We have included links below to some of his videos and you can find a full list by searching for Safeer Television on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/eci6XxZRfPg – Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) 

https://youtu.be/F6eKqR4rJ3A – Bipolar Disorder (BPD) 

https://youtu.be/G7CXSwnMH6Y – Postnatal DEPRESSION (PND) 

https://youtu.be/IbF9E8Q88BU – Depression

https://youtu.be/mNuzstYvGFM – Anxiety

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