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Nasa Begum Legacy Projects

Nasa Begum made an important contribution to the understanding of the experiences of disabled people, and campaigned tirelessly for the right to independent living. Her work had a significant impact on the way that the health service consults and learns from patients.

Nasa Begum sadly passed away in 2011, but she has left a lasting memory in a legacy to Mind that enables us to support local Minds in developing projects to empower women, building on their own talents and strengths and becoming inspirational for the wider community.

Thanks to this support five local Minds have developed tailored projects targeting the Asian community, and women in particular:

  • Greenwich Mind works with women in the Tamil and Nepalese communities;
  • Leeds Mind have delivered tailored peer support, counselling and arts provision for Asian women;
  • Suffolk Mind is engaging Asian and BME women of Muslim faith in Ipswich to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health;
  • Mind in Ealing and Hounslow have been delivering art and gardening therapy to support mental wellbeing of South Asian women;
  • Bexley Mind is working with the Bangladeshi community to explore the impact of intergenerational dynamics on mental well-being.

You can download a full account of the work that has been undertaken by these five local Minds.

Though the projects funded by this Legacy were formally completed in 2015, all local Minds have maintained this tailored support for Asian women and communities in one form or another.

We also have a guide to help you talk to your GP about your mental health called 'Find the words'. This guide has been translated into Urdu and Punjabi to help people who may not have English as a first language.

Please do get in touch with our Equality Improvement Team if you would like more information or to find out how to get involved in our equality improvement work.

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