Psychiatrists from the West Midlands have
produced two new films about depression and dementia for Urdu and
Punjabi speakers. They hope the films will improve awareness and
understanding of these common mental illnesses, and show people how
they can access professional help and support.
Journey of Memory depicts the
difficulties that an Asian family has in recognising their elderly
relative’s memory problems. The short play is followed by a series
of interviews with West Midlands’ psychiatrists, who give practical
advice on the treatment of dementia and available services. The
film is accompanied by information leaflets in four languages.
Dawn of Hope shows how clinical depression can affect
people of any age, and also includes interviews with local
healthcare professionals. A booklet in urdu has also been published
as a self help resource with the film.
The films were launched at a special screening
event, attended by Valerie Vaz, MP for Walsall South. Ms Vaz said:
"I am delighted to be attending
the launch of this valuable resource. Raising awareness and
understanding of the issues surrounding depression and
dementia among the Asian community is an important project, and I
hope that many people will have the opportunity to learn more about
this condition through these innovative films."
Psychiatrist Dr Rashda Tabbasum, who produced
the film, Journey of Memory said: "With an increase in
life expectancy in Britain, we are seeing a proportional rise in
cases of dementia among the ageing black and minority ethnic
population population. It was in this context that the film and
leaflets in several South Asian languages were produced. to help
spread awareness of dementia within the South Asian communities and
the extremely important issues surrounding it."
Psychiatrist Dr Safi Afghan, who produced the
film Dawn of Hope and wrote the Urdu booklet said: "We
hope the film will raise awareness and challenge the myths about
depressive disorders, which are going to be the second highest
cause of disease burden worldwide by 2020. One in five individuals
in the community suffers from these disorders, and there is a
higher prevalance among South Asian females living in the
How to order the DVDs and
Journey of Memory (yaadasht ka
safar, running time 30 minutes)
Please contact Mr Manoor Afaq, director of www.urdustreet.com.
Telephone: 01384 345812
Dawn of Hope (subhe umeed, running time 30
Please contact Walsall Council Creative
Development Team. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01922 653114.
To order a copy of the accompanying Urdu
booklet on depression, contact Dr Safi Afghan at email@example.com
For further information, please
Anne Ochola or
Deborah Hart in the Communications
Telephone: 0203 701 2544, 0203 701 2538 or 0777 623