TWO mental health charities have teamed up to offer extra support to South Asian women in Keighley.

Mind in Bradford is offering new courses on recovery and nutrition at Roshni Ghar, which helps women living with mental health problems.

Practitioners from Mind in Bradford will be leading two new courses at Roshni Ghar’s base in Scott Street.

The first is an 11-week Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) course, which helps individuals identify triggers and wellness tools.

These are turned into a written personal action plan which can be referred to at times of depression, anxiety or distress.

The second course looks at food and nutrition and how eating well can improve mental health.

Mind in Bradford service director Christina Collins said she was delighted to be working with Roshni Ghar and extending services to Keighley.

She said: “This is an important step in rolling out some extra support to local communities.

“These courses will help women improve both their mental and physical well-being and manage their mental health in positive way.”

Roshni Ghar is a community development organisation which helps women mainly from South Asian backgrounds who have experienced mental health problems and supports them to become more confident and independent. Translators will be present in the new sessions.

Roshni Ghar manager Shamim Akhtar said the vital psychological and wellbeing work would support some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society.

She added: “We are grateful to Morrisons Foundation for funding this project, which has already helped many South Asian women affected by poverty and mental ill health.”

Women from the South Asian community can be referred to the courses by their GP, Community Health Team, teacher, social worker or VCS organisations.

For further information, call Mind in Bradford on 01274 730815 or Roshni Ghar on 01535 609927 or e-mail

Mind in Bradford is an independent mental health charity affiliated to the national charity Mind, and offers support and services to people across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

Roshni Ghar helps women in Keighley that have experienced mental health problems in their lives, helping them become confident and independent.

The charity mainly works work with women from South Asian backgrounds.