Posts Tagged: mental health

Representation and responsibility: Film and TV writers need to acknowledge their influence and use it wisely

Embed from Getty Images Not all film and television writers claim to be trying to alleviate social injustice with their stories or use their creativity as a catalyst for social change. Some may write personal stories, or stories that are completely fictitious or designed as pure, light-hearted entertainment. However, it would be burying your head …

Shroud Of Dishonour – What really happens behind the curtains?

Two prominent social and cultural patriarchal constructs play a role in all aspects of a woman’s life in the South Asian (SA) community; they are izzat (honour) and sharam (shame). Izzat and sharam are both factors that impede the assessment of child sex abuse, domestic violence and honour killings. These were and still are widespread issues swarming the community. Embed …

The Difficulty of Eradicating Forced Marriages

New figures released by the NSPCC reveal that there has been a 12% increase in counselling sessions about forced marriage in the previous year. Summer is often a high-risk period for potential victims of forced marriage, as many are lured away on “holidays” only to be married off abroad against their will. However, a shocking 11% of …

BBC’s ‘The Betrayed Girls’ highlights ground-breaking work of JAN Trust Patron Nazir Afzal

BBC’s ‘The Betrayed Girls’ highlights ground-breaking work of JAN Trust Patron Nazir Afzal

JAN Trust’s Patron Nazir Afzal OBE features prominently in a 90 minute documentary for BBC One – ‘The Betrayed Girls’. The programme explores Afzal’s instrumental role in delivering justice for the victims of the Rochdale child exploitation scandal. Over the course of almost four years, 47 young girls endured horrific abuse, grooming and trafficking in …

The experience of immigrants in the UK must not be underestimated as anything other than a struggle

While immigrants have often experienced difficulties integrating into a new society, in the past few years in the UK they have experienced increasing problems as a direct result of anti-immigration rhetoric from political parties which have then influenced citizens and government. Even some immigrants who have been in the UK for two decades still struggle …

Women torture victims detained in the UK

Attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees have long been hardening across the UK and Europe more widely.  In a climate of financial insecurity and social unrest, anti-immigration parties have been gaining popular support which has stiffened the resolve of mainstream politicians to tough talk on immigration.  Yet, lost behind alarmist posters telling voters 26 million foreigners want …

Women and Mental Health Services

Mental health refers to our psychological state and it affects the way we think, feel and behave – it is therefore extremely valuable.  Our mental health is always changing and there are times when we all can feel down or anxious however, for others, these feelings can last much longer and develop into an even …