“We want to help reduce the stigma around mental health, and to find ways to continuously engage our local communities in helping to shape our services to meet their needs.” In June, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), held a Bollywood event to engage minority ethnic service users and their families and carers in conversation about their experiences of dealing with, and receiving support for, mental health issues . Following the success of that event, we are delighted to be holding a second Bollywood event on Friday 16 October.
The event will use clips from Bollywood films to help explore the stigma around mental health, and generate discussion points. It will be held from 9am – 12pm at the Shree Ram Mandir, Hildyard Road, Leicester, LE1 5GG, and anyone with an interest in Bollywood or mental health is welcome to attend.
Dr Satheesh Kumar, LPT’s medical director, is hosting the event. He said “We recognise that mental health can be perceived negatively in the community, and our discussions at the June event with minority ethnic service users showed that they are willing to help us break down the barriers, and to ensure that those struggling to cope with mental health issues access the support they need. The event will be a chance to explore what it means to be an Asian person living with mental health problems in the UK, and the impact such issues can have on families, carers and the community.
“I am delighted that we are able to host this event at the Shree Ram Mandir, and I hope that the film clips and supporting discussion will provide members of the community with an understanding of mental health conditions and of the services available at LPT. We hope people will take the time to join in our discussions to improve access to health and wellbeing for all.”