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Ilford poet sets record for largest mental health lesson

PUBLISHED: 16:57 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:02 24 March 2017

Hussain Manawer. Pic: Laura Bartholomew

Hussain Manawer. Pic: Laura Bartholomew

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A performance poet who is set to be the first British Muslim in space, has set a world record for the largest mental health lesson.

Hussain Manawer, of Ilford, set the record with the help of Professor Dame Til Wykes, from King’s College London, on Tuesday at the Hackney Empire theatre.

“I wanted to combine young people with the tools and information they need so they know what to do if they’re feeling depressed or suicidal,” said Hussain, 24.

“We had over 20 classes, 530 young people, and a few celebrity guests as well.

“It was great, I was overwhelmed and now I just want to be able to carry on talking about a taboo subject.”

Hussain, who runs a popular Youtube channel called Hussain’s House, is concerned by the link between youth violence and mental health and believes it is an often overlooked topic.

“It scares me and saddens me the way we are failing society, especially young people. We are not providing them with what they need.”

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