Mental Health Champions


Community group One Voice is set to create 20 mental health champions in Blackburn and Darwen as part of the award winning Baiter Sehat project.

Rabia Dodia and Samara are on the mental health champion programme

Two sessions for men and women have commenced with participants having successfully navigated through a safeTALK and Mental Health First Aid Lite, as well as an introduction to mental health led by mental health expert Jal Iqbal. The programme has targeted individuals form the South Asian heritage community.

The champions will go into the communities to talk about mental health with an aim to educate the community and provide signposting. Mental health remains a taboo subject in some South Asian heritage communities, and there is evidence that socially isolated communities do not seek help or support causing a rise in depression and suicide.

Mental health expert Jal Iqbal is supporting the project

Nazia Khan, Project Lead in for Baiter Sehat, said,

“There has been a tremendous response to our mental champions programme, and there is a yearning for education from the champions. They are passionate about the subject and want to help people in the community to gain support for adverse mental health.”