Report of the community-led research project focusing on the mental health needs of young people from a Bangladeshi background from the London borough of Camden

Author: Akter, Shelina, Begum, Marufa and Sarwar, Zeeshan

Corporate author: Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre

Publisher: NIMHE

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This project allowed Hopscotch Asian Womens Centre HAWC to further develop its interest and experience in further understanding and providing solutions and support for Bangladeshi people in Camden with mental health problems. Hopscotch provides a number of services to the Asian and in particular Bangladeshi community. Throughout this delivery of services be it for older people or through our safeguarding children’s work, mental health is a key factor that runs through the majority of our projects.  The research produced some challenging results including

  • Mental Health services that were not accessible to the community
  • Lack of knowledge of where to turn to and where the community could go to for help
  • The alarming predominance of black magic being used by unregistered men under the disguise of religious and spiritual leaders
  • Culturally specific causes of Mental Health including Forced Marriage
  • Popularity of talking therapies both in the community setting and clinical context
  • The gap in knowledge in families regarding mental health and in particular the older generation
  • Lack of support for carers
  • Misdiagnosis caused by incorrect family involvement and a delay in accessing the correct service.