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Maslaha

Film-based resource for doctors and Muslim communities to overcome multiple barriers to mental health support

What we do

Maslaha offers a film-based resource, Talking from the Heart, to help overcome depression and anxiety. Somali, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, for example, have no word for depression, and other barriers to recovery include entrenched stigma, isolation, shame and concerns that support won’t be appropriate. The films incorporate the language of faith and culture with music, recognisable people and concepts.

The project grew out of a commission by the largest NHS GP group in London to create a resource supporting mental health. Maslaha works within a local context and the resulting resource is used more widely, for example London with the Somali community; Birmingham with the Punjabi community.

The films are now being used as resources for patients by more than 50 GP surgeries, the NHS’ Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT), mental health services, community organisations and by NHS Trusts as training tools. The resource is endorsed by the Royal College of GPs.

Films in Somali, Urdu and Bengali/Sylheti are freely available online at talkingfromtheheart.org and on DVD. Maslaha can provide films to organisations and services, accepts commissions and can form partnerships to engage Muslim patients.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help because if you receive support from someone, this can strengthen and refresh your faith and you are then able to face the darkness better.

Dr Rabia Malik, Marlborough Family Education Service, north London


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