A fashion show brought women together for a bit of fun last week whilst also helping to create awareness of the taboos surrounding mental health issues.
‘Khushi’ held its second event on the 4th May at the Carr Manor Community Centre in Leeds on behalf of Hamara and project partner SAA-UK.
At the ladies-only event, participants were able to listen to and talk about mental health and related issues such as post natal depression and coping with bereavement.
The relaxed atmosphere was deliberately created to enable women to hold conversations with each other and help lift their spirits around a serious topic.
The event proved to be very successful with a full house in attendance, hearing some background information about the national campaign by ‘Time to Change’ on challenging stigma and discrimination against mental health issues.
Tayba Azim, Mental Health Project Coordinator of Khushi, and Keran Virdee, CEO of SAA-UK, both spoke passionately about the issues facing women from minority backgrounds.
The audience were presented with a case study on child abuse - a very taboo subject in society and across all cultures, particularly in the Asian community.
Also, to provide inspiration, a lady talked about her personal story and drive to change her life for the better despite her experiences of child abuse and being involved in an abusive marriage.
The fashion show with the beautiful range of clothing by Nabila Rafique and organised by Rifhat Malik was followed by a ‘Zumba’ taster session, leaving everyone present in high spirits and demonstrating the positive impact of such events on the target group.
“It was great to see so many women here and so many conversations taking place about mental health and I really want to thank Keran, Rifhat, Nabila and the ‘Give a Gift’ models for contributing to a great event,” commented Tayba.
Watch out for the next event taking place on the 24th May at the Bangladeshi Community Centre from 7.30pm-9.30pm, where we will be entertained by Shaheen Khan, the leading UK Ghazal and Sufi singer.
For further information on the Khushi project and if you would like to get involved please contact Tayba Azim on 0113 249 7762 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org