Published On: Fri, Apr 4th, 2014 on 11:29 am

Ihsaan service launched to offer psychological support in Bradford

Ihsaan Bradford

Committee members of the Ihsaan project including clinical leads and therapists

Ihsaan Bradford

Ihsaan will offer psychological and mental health to those who require it

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A new mental health service named Ihsaan has been launched in Bradford to offer psychological help to those who require it.

Sharing Voices, a mental health help organisation in Bradford, has helped set up the service to provide therapy that doesn’t ‘discount’ service-user’s spiritual needs, if important to that particular person.

Officially launched on 3 April, the Ihsaan service will aim to help those troubled by anxiety, depression, trauma, family and social stresses or even concerns about black magic.

Providing a model based on Islamic sources and professionally recognised therapy, it will offer service-users face-to-face advice with the help of professionally qualified therapists and practitioners.

The service developed from the understanding of ethnic minority communities, who expressed the need for therapeutic approaches that are culturally and spiritually appropriate.

In the Journal of Mental Health and Nursing, research also found that people from ethnic minority backgrounds who could not speak English were more likely to be prescribed psychiatric medication than offered a non-drug based talking treatment alternative.

Speaking at the launch event, Cllr Mohammad Shabbir, said: “This initiative has come about through the expressed desire on behalf of communities across the board to have user-defined services they can relate to, and to have services that value their religion, culture and beliefs.

“We’ve been working with the Muslim community in this instance, and we got together a group of therapists and those with expertise in this area, who have now come together with a collected vision to develop Ihsaan.”

Further speeches were made by Sharing Voices founding member Philip Thomas, clinical lead Rashjid Skinner, chair member Naz Shah, and practitioner Uzma Khan.

Ihsaan will be accessible to even those who don’t speak English as their first language, offering services in Bangladeshi, Urdu and Mirpuri.

It also has plans to deliver training on various therapeutic subjects across the district.

People can be referred via their GP, or clients can contact the service directly on 01274 731166 or by emailing info@ihsaan.org.uk.

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  1. BA says:

    What a brilliant initiative. Praise be to Allah. I pray this project flourishes and continues to provide fit for purpose support in the correct manner.

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