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Reaching South Asian service users, building community cohesion, having a national voice for minorities

Saiqa Naz is a mental health practitioner in Sheffield IAPT. She has worked above and beyond her job role to make mental health services responsive to South Asian community needs and worked with that community (in her free time) through events at places of worship and community centres to reduce stigma around mental health and help community members understand how NHS services can help them. She has appeared on community radio shows to promote good mental health and run workshops in mosques. Saiqa provides training to IAPT services on cross cultural work and has disseminated her ideas widely though newpapers, academic journals and health publications.

This work has led to much better community engagement with mental health services in 2 Trusts and better access and outcomes for communities who are generally poorly served by NHS mental health teams.

Saiqa is Chair of the BABCP (lead organisation for CBT in the UK) Equality and Diversity group and has worked to get the UKs lead organisation for CBT to but equality and BME issues on the agenda. She has presented on BME issues at the national conference.

 

Saiqa has worked with local police forces to raise awareness of community mental health issues and to help them think about the mental health of their own staff.

 

Saiqa has also been active in her local interfaith forums and has worked tirelessly to promote community cohesion in her home town.

Andrew Beck

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Maya starling Mar 29, 2018

well done Saiqa Naz. You are a real inspiration !

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(Account removed) Apr 9, 2018

Hi Maya. Thanks so much for your comment. Please do remember to return to this nomination from the 27th April and support by giving Saiqa a thumbs up!

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Ghazala Mir Apr 12, 2018

Excellent and vital work Saiqa!

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(Account removed) Apr 26, 2018

Hi Ghazala. Thanks so much for your comment. Please do remember to return to this nomination from the 27th April and support by giving Saiqa a thumbs up!

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Nargis Rashid Apr 29, 2018

Well done for all your hard work

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Hazel Miller Apr 29, 2018

Inspirational work Saiqa. You are fantastic x

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Zaz K Apr 29, 2018

Well done you x

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Sandy Dhesi Apr 29, 2018

Well Done Sikes! x

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Samira Hussain Apr 29, 2018

Saima works tirelessly in raising awareness w and of mental health within BME communities!

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Enas Alsaffadi Apr 29, 2018

Good luck !!!!

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Mohammed Moheeb Apr 29, 2018

Well deserved fr all the great work you do

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Shabnam Naz Apr 29, 2018

Well done!

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Ghalib Apr 29, 2018

Good luck!

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GeeStar Apr 29, 2018

Thank you for your support Saiqa

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MaddieG Apr 29, 2018

Well done and keep up the hard work. So proud of you to be recognised for all the hard work you do. It is needed in the bme community

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Wajid Ali Apr 29, 2018

Well done Saiqa!

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Jenny Fisher Apr 29, 2018

Well done on your nomination. Such a hard working individual going above and beyond in everything you are involved in. Good luck

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Mohammed Zaheer Apr 29, 2018

Well Done Star, keep up with the Outstanding work that you are doing in order to save life’s !

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Syed Abbas Apr 29, 2018

well done Sikes. You are a real inspiration !

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Sajid Quader Apr 30, 2018

Well done Saiqa

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Paul Jamie Kidd Apr 30, 2018

Absolutely a-m-a-z-i-n-g, Saiqa!! Thoroughly deserved and not only testament to your hard work but your passion for the cause too! I wish you the very best of luck!

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Tahiraa Bano May 2, 2018

Well done saiqa you are such a hard worker wish you all the best you deserve the best x

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michelle macnaughton May 2, 2018

Well done. Great work

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Kamer Shoaib May 2, 2018

Saiqa Is very passionate about mental health. She has worked extremely hard in promoting mental health in BAME communites. She has tackled inequalities and challenges services

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Carol Hogan May 3, 2018

Well done Saiqa. You deserve this for all your hard work and perseverance. I hope you finally get the support you need to continue your work.

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siama badar May 2, 2018

Saiqa lives and breaths mental health awareness. her focus and attention to raising awareness around the issues affecting those from the BME community is second to none. I would like to wish you all the best.

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Enum Ahmed May 2, 2018

Inspirational work from an inspirational woman! Well done saiqa!

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Nasar Mahmood May 3, 2018

There are not many people that I know who are as passionate about Mental Health than Saiqa is. She has worked relentlessly is exposing the mental health issues within her community and the surrounding area in getting them them the help and support they need. Well done and keep up the good work.

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Naseer Ahmed May 3, 2018

Well done Saiqa for your splendid work and contribtion to the BME community. It has made a direct positive impact on individuals and families. Keep up the good work and you are a proven asset to the community . I sincerely hope that your work to date is recognised by the NHS and are provided with the relevant support and resources you require to further excel in achieving your objectives

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Carol Hogan May 3, 2018

Well done Saiqa. You deserve this for all your hard work and perseverance. I hope you finally get the support you need to continue your work.

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Samina Choudhry May 4, 2018

Saiqa your an inspiration, your commitment and hard work in raising awareness about mental health in BME community has been and is outstanding, I have learnt so much from you. You thoroughly deserve this and I hope your are recognised and awarded for all your efforts, wishing you all the best.

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Aisha L May 5, 2018

All the best hun

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Aisha L May 5, 2018

You’re doing a great job x

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Farzana Akhtar May 6, 2018

Thanks for your support Saiqa

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Katrina May-Jones May 9, 2018

Well done on your nomination Saiqa. Absolutely well deserved, you’re truly an inspiration always putting others before yourself, and spending your own precious spare time dedicated to helping others and bringing communities together. Good luck to you my dear xx

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Johnny Wala May 10, 2018

Making the impossible seem possible.

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Archie Baig May 10, 2018

Well done Sikes. Thank you for championing mental health in the community. I hope you get the support you need to continue doing this work.

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Talyak Yak May 10, 2018

Well done Saiqa. Proud of you.

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Talyak Yak May 10, 2018

Well done Saiqa. Proud of you. Needed in the Asian community. Hope to see more of this work being done in the NHS.

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Farzana Akhtar May 10, 2018

Well done Saiqa

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Rizwarna Naz May 10, 2018

Good luck amazing work x

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Romana98 May 10, 2018

Thanks for being such a great role model and helping the community. Good luck!

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Omar sh May 10, 2018

Great work your doing in supporting the local community. Keep it up

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Amir Younis May 10, 2018

Well done Saiqa! Keep up the amazing work!

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Rifat Younas May 10, 2018

Well done saiqa

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Razzaq Khan May 11, 2018

I think Saiqa is doing a wonderful job in raising awareness and fighting stigma

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Muhammad Abu-Bakar May 11, 2018

I have been to a few of Saiqa’s workshops and I think she is excellent at getting her point accross. She is an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good work Saiqa.

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Abdul Razzaq May 11, 2018

Good luck Saiqa, keep up the good work tou are doing.

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Melissa Brugmann May 11, 2018

Saiqa is passionate about breaking down the stigma around mental health in BME communities. She is so committed to this issue and works hard, often using her precious free time, to proactively engage with people to encourage them to access mental health services.

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(Account removed) May 18, 2018

This idea has been advanced to the current phase

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