Welcome to the Bangladeshi Mental Health Forum Website
The Bangladeshi Mental Health Forum (BMHF) is a registered charity that has been in existence since 1999 and has the following core objectives:
- To raise awareness of mental health within the Bangladeshi community (also other BME groups such as Somali, new migrants, hard to reach communities)
- To challenge stigma; stereotypes and prejudicial views
- To educate and advocate the importance of mental well-being
- To organise mental health awareness events and workshops
- To promote and campaign for better accessibility to mental health services
- To work in collaboration with service providers to meet the needs of Bangladeshi service users and carers
- To highlight the concerns of families, carers of service users and the community to commissioners and service providers.
- To represent the Bangladeshi community in formal mental health strategic meetings and forums
- To facilitate activities and signposting services in the community
The BMHF has primarily focussed its community engagement activities in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In Tower Hamlets the Bangladeshi community is the single largest ethnic group, around 32-34% of Tower Hamlets population is of Bangladeshi origin. Mental health is a major issue in the Bangladeshi community (despite many unreported cases) and the BMHF is the leading mental health charity that represents the interest of the Bangladeshi Community.