The Mental Health project is funded by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Corporate Services. The service offers individual support for Arabic-speaking women who suffer from enduring mental health problems and live in the borough.
Women experiencing mental health problems often find their difficulties impact on their daily life. Those from Arabic-speaking communities can also find themselves very isolated, due to the stigma which still exists in the community in regards to mental ill-health.
This can make it particularly difficult for women to ask for help and access the services which can support them. Shame and fear is usually associated with why many of our service users tend not to seek help when needed, we are able to create a space for our service users to feel safe and comfortable and in a non-judgemental environment in order for them to express their worries and concerns to our trusted service.
Our service provides practical and emotional support for both the women and their families. A programme on advice, advocacy and referrals helps the women deal with their practical problems and access mainstream NHS services.
Last year we supported approximately 985 women.