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Charity’s mental health workshop encourages children to open up about mental health

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 July 2017

Neelam Sharma talking about mental health in children and teenagers after her son took his own life in 2015. Left to right Deputy Head Maria Zatat, Mohit Markhanda, Pooja Markhanda, Neelam and Dinesh Sharma and Ritu Jeratt

Neelam Sharma talking about mental health in children and teenagers after her son took his own life in 2015. Left to right Deputy Head Maria Zatat, Mohit Markhanda, Pooja Markhanda, Neelam and Dinesh Sharma and Ritu Jeratt

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A charity’s second mental health workshop encouraged schoolchildren to talk about their own mental health.

The Sky Sharma Foundation, which focuses on tackling the stigma of mental health issues in Redbridge’s Asian community, held its second workshop at Downshall Primary School, in Meads Lane, Seven Kings.

Among the speakers was Neelam Sharma, who founded the charity after her son Sky took his own life two years ago.

She encouraged pupils to be honest and open about mental health.

Psychologist Muhammed Shafi was also invited to speak at the school on behalf of the foundation.

He said: “One in four individuals suffer with depression and 10pc of children have mental health problems which they are failing to address.

“The hardest thing in mental health is to recognise that there is a problem. It is important to interact and communicate in order to seek the appropriate help required in treating the mental illness.”


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