On 12th October Mashriq Resource Centre are hosting an open workshop to raise and increase awareness with the primary aim of educating the community on mental health illnesses. This has become a key concern due to the stigma attached, specifically among the Asian community and people who are and have been for many years reluctant to access professional help and untimely suffering in silence.
Project delivers through the Centre aim to break the stigma and increase self-esteem and confidence to open up and seek professional help. During the work shop Masriq will also be giving an open opportunity to people to raise any questions they may have via an open questions and answers session. Mashriq staff will be also be available to offer a more personal session to individuals who do not wish to share their problems with others.
Key guest speakers will be available on the day and will be hosting a mental health presentation. Some of the centre users will also their story to success. Mashriq has been collating these stories and are currently in the process of publishing the proposed book in January 2011.
The event is supported by BeBirmingham via Soho Neighbourhood Management Team .