Dr. FARNAAZ SHARIEF, BCAh
Due to cut backs to the NHS and the squeeze on Mental Health resources, Dr Sharief could see a widening gap in support for patients with mild or moderate depression.
She set up a programme called ‘Manage Your Mind’ which launched in 2012 with just 5 participants.
Numbers grew and charity status was achieved, she sourced a venue and funding through IAHV and Medway Council. Now the entire project is run by a group of volunteers and is facilitated by Dr Sharief.
The workshops provide practical support for participants in their personal and professional lives and are available to anyone in the community.
It was decided by Dr Sharief that the workshops had to be free, to make them accessible to everyone, therefore they are constantly applying for grants and fund raising to meet the demand within the community.
The workshops were designed to tackle depression, anxiety, stress and bereavement and have been running for the past 4 years.
Now over 1,100 residents across Medway and Kent have participated and benefited from these workshops.
Nominated by: Amanda Eveson