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Lived experience of stigma

Suhayl describes his lived experience of mental health stigma.

In this video, Suhayl describes his lived experience of mental health stigma. Suhayl is now a mental health practitioner, working for the mental health charity Beacon Counselling Trust which is based in the North West of England.

Suhayl speaks about feeling like he was “he was not a good Muslim” because of his mental health problem, and how this impacted on his ability to seek support in his local religious community as a result.


Suhayl has spoken to ‘The Mindful Muslim podcast’ about his experiences of gambling addiction, you can listen to the episode on their website.

You can also watch a video called ‘Breaking the Sharam (shame) with Gambling Harm’, produced by Beacon Counselling Trust and voiced by Suhayl.

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Do you think that stigma affects the mental health of Muslims more than other communities? Explain you answer.

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