Mind in Bradford and Leeds Mind held a series of focus groups with residents from British South Asian communities to find out their thoughts, experiences and ideas around mental health. The outcomes of the focus groups were collated into a report in collaboration with the The Equality Improvement Learning Exchange project. The aims of the project was to share and develop equality and diversity strategies, identify gaps in support, find out what services would be welcomed and learn how best to engage with different communities.

Stigma, shame, guilt and embarrassment were common themes with both men and women. Family pressures and lack of accessible information were also listed as barriers to accessing support for mental health.

Findings and recommendations presented as an infographic:

South Asian communities – Infographic by Hayley Smith