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Service users train to engage with and influence Parliament

On June 15th a group of Mind in Harrow service users and staff attended a fantastic interactive training session about engaging with Parliament and influencing legislation. The session was run by Alasdair Mackenzie, the UK Parliament's Senior Outreach and Engagement Officer, and held at Portcullis House, next to the House of Commons.

As a result of this session, Mind in Harrow service users will be working more closely with Parliament in future to ensure mental health is a priority. Watch this space!

If you would like to get involved, contact Raksha Pandya (User Involvement Co-ordinator) on 020 8515 7868 or email r.pandya@mindinharrow.org.uk.

Afghan Refugees in the UK event for professionals

Mind in Harrow will be running a one-day event of talks and workshops in collaboration with Afghan Association Paiwand, which will explore the culture, religious beliefs and traditions of the Afghan community and how these inform approaches to mental health.

The event will focus on:

  • An introduction to Afghan culture and traditions
  • Islam and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Experiences of Afghan refugees within the UK mental health system
  • The practical implications of cultural differences for health practitioners
  • Barriers to accessing appropriate support and how to overcome them

While it will focus on the Afghan community, this event will explore the core issues affecting all ethnic minority and refugee communities in the UK. It will provide a platform for dialogue among health professionals about how to improve access to appropriate services among these communities.

This event is relevant to anybody working with refugee and minority communities within a health and/or social care setting. This includes GPs, social workers, charity workers, mental health specialists, therapists and service commissioners.

The event will take place on Tuesday 12th July 2016, 12.30pm-6pm (including an Afghan supper at 5pm). The location will be Harrow Baptist Church, College Road, HA1 1BA. Attendance is free, but places are limited, so please book via Eventbrite to secure yours.

For more information, please contact one of the following people:

Paiwand: Dr Ghulam Farooq 
ghulam.farooq@paiwand.com
0208 905 8770

Mind in Harrow: Emily Danby 
e.danby@mindinharrow.org.uk
0208 515 7860