By Zack A and Fatima Patel

Mental Health issues are quite common in this day and age, though they tend to be stigmatised quite significantly in the public. This can have a negative impact on a person’s life and unfortunately can lead to deadly consequences as we have seen time and time again, particularly when these individuals don’t seek help due to fear of being branded. Not so long ago, we all heard about the tragic passing away of Robin Williams, a comedian, and entertainer, it is a stark reminder that we need to take the issue of mental health and well-being seriously

Robin William’s suicide took everyone by surprise, and the question we seem to find ourselves asking is, how does a well-known comedian who is associated with fun and laughter, find himself in a position where he felt he had to take his own life. The circumstances leading up to his suicide have been theoreticised widely on the web, however regardless of the reason, suicidal thoughts are a big cause for concern for everyone. Robin Williams was one of the most outstanding entertainers of certainly my generation. His sense of humour and acting ability will be sorely missed, however his untimely death highlights that depression can be very difficult and painful experience of people to deal with and therefore seeking support is very important his own life.Unfortunately we tend to hear these incidents too often, and it is really important to seek help if you ever feel you or someone within your friends or family network is in need.

During an interview with CEO Mohammed Shabbir and Jaymaine Parks, Project Manager of the Sharing Voices organisation, we discussed an incident, which took place last March, where young Asian mother slashed her throat in Asda with a knife she had taken off the shelf, as horrified shoppers watched on. It was later discovered that she lost her daughter six months ago to an an illness and was suffering with depression, which ultimately lead to her taking her life. Shabbir states that “involvement of cultural and faith perspectives are critically important as well as medical perspectives. Sadly systems are not always set up to have someone there at the point of suicide, for example in the case of the young sister in the supermarket. In cases like this, it’s useful if an individual has a support network that they can turn to, but this is redundant if one doesn’t actually want to turn to anyone.

“In situations of distress either financial, family oriented, bereavement, domestic or sexual violence it is important for people to get support so that they can be supported to recovery.”

Sharing voices is an excellent organisation that is based in Bradford, and offers a service where people can discuss  their problems and be offered help. They also offer specific services for Muslim patients, which takes into consideration culture, spirituality and faith of the large Muslim community.

So, if you are living with anxiety, depression, mental illness or are concerned about someone else’s well-being contact your GP who will assess the condition and prescribe as appropriate. Alternatively you can call Sharing Voices direct

“Don’t deal with issues alone, if you’re not feeling well and need support then please get in touch ‘’

Sharing Voices 01274 731166