Promoting mental health awareness in Pakistan

Karachi: 31 January 2019: The British Deputy High Commission, Karachi, in partnership with the British Asian Trust, CareTech Foundation and COSARAF Charitable Foundation hosted a screening of the movie Cake to raise awareness of mental health in Pakistan. Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik, Cake’s leading actors, attended the event to take part in a panel discussion.

 

Other members on the panel also included Dr Murad Musa, Psychiatrist at Agha Khan University, and the Captain of Pakistan’s national football team, Hajra Khan. They shared their own experiences of raising mental health awareness in the country.

 

The event was opened by Elin Burns, British Deputy High Commissioner and Jonathan Freeman, CEO of CareTech Foundation and COSARAF Foundation.

 

“I am pleased to be a part of Cake, and an organisation such as the British Asian Trust that is diligently working to raise awareness about mental health in Pakistan.”
Sayed Zulfiqar Bukhari
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development.

The British Asian Trust, along with CareTech Foundation and COSARAF Charitable Foundation, started work in mental health in Pakistan in May 2018 to counter the growing mental health crisis in Pakistan. There is extreme disparity in the country between those requiring mental health services and those qualified to deliver it. In Pakistan, there are just 400 psychiatrists to serve over 200 million people, 25 percent of whom are known to suffer from mental health issues.

 

The mental health programme was developed by the British Asian Trust, a UK diaspora-led organisation working to unlock and maximise the potential of people in South Asia through local, high-impact and innovative initiatives in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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