“There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a non-Arab over an Arab. Neither is the white superior over the black, nor is the black superior over the white…” – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
My research falls within the remit of the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) given the pressing need to upscale existing mental health services, to successfully tackle structural inequalities within the NHS, for non-white British communities. I will work alongside the BDCFT as an embedded researcher to co-evaluate and develop the evidence base around what constitutes culturally appropriate psychological therapy interventions. The overarching aim of my research is to cultivate a sense of inclusion for marginalised service users. The diversification and decolonisation of mental health is the driving force to achieve this positive societal impact, much like that of YCEDE!
I am truly honoured to be a part of the YCEDE project. For me, it goes far beyond a ‘tick box’ exercise that will enhance my CV. It resonates with me on a personal level. Growing up, I was a victim of institutional racism and Islamophobia; Prejudiced comments such as “go back to where you came from” and “you don’t belong here” were demoralising to say the least. They robbed me of my voice.
Today, YCEDE has restored that voice. There is no research about us, without us.