Local non-profit to host mental health awareness event for Swindon's South Asian community

By Jessica Durston - 4 April 2023


This May, Swindon organisation Changing Suits will be hosting the 'Sahara Health Fair' - a family-fun event to raise awareness about mental health within the South Asian community.

  • Founders of Changing Suits, Bal and Taj

    Founders of Changing Suits, Bal and Taj

The event will be taking place on Sunday 21 May, at the Broadgreen Community Centre from 12pm to 4pm.

Sahara means ‘support’ in South Asian languages, and with research suggesting two out of three British South Asians suffer from some type of mental health problem, this event will aim to help the community to get the support and information they need.

Sahara Health Fair will be attended by specialist doctors and other medical professionals, as well as local service providers, who will provide health information on areas such as mental health, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Presentations by Consultant Psychiatrists Dr Ramesh Sivasubramanyam and Dr Sabarigirivasan Muthukrishnan, will be held, giving attendees information on stress and anxiety, depression, and dementia.

This family event will also provide entertainment for children - including facepainting, mendhi and arts and crafts.

The Sahara Health Fair is being supported by local leaders, including the Mayor Cllr Abdul Amin.

Mr Amin said “Taj and Bal from Changing Suits do an amazing job spreading awareness amongst the community and I look forward to working with them further.”

Additionally, there will also be volunteers on hand to interpret into Konkani, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.

For further information on Changing Suits, or the Sahara Health Fair, members of the public can contact [email protected]

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