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‘Manage Your Mind’ – Interview with Dr Sharief

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Farnaaz with Deputy Mayor of Medway Jane Etheridge

Dr. Farnaaz Sharief, MBCHB, MRCGP,  is a GP partner at the Red Suite Practice in Rainham. She has been a doctor for 15 years, and a GP for five. She has recently taken on a role as the clinical lead for mental health with the local clinical commissioning group in Medway, Kent.  Asian Lite’s Rahul Laud talks to Dr Sharief to find more about Manage Your Mind, her aims and volunteering

AL – Tell us about Manage Your Mind project

Farnaaz with Deputy Mayor of Medway Jane Etheridge
Farnaaz with Deputy Mayor of Medway Jane Etheridge

FS – The Manage Your Mind (MYM) Programme, currently running in Kent as a community based mental health programme (through International Association for Human Values) that offers people The technique of Sudarshan Kriya. The IAHV-run MANAGE YOUR MIND project http://www.manageyourmind.org.uk/  is a structured programme running which is currently an established healthcare service in Kent. This programme has been externally evaluated by The University of Kent, Centre for Health Service Studies.

AL- What does the University of Kent evaluation and analysis of your project MYM reveal?

FS- Their analysis of our data has validated that of those who completed the Manage Your Mind programme:

Anxiety  were significantly reduced by 67% (p<0.001)

Levels of Depression were significantly reduced by 66% (P< 0.001).

Based on IAPT criteria (which is what the NHS use):

65.7 % of people who complete the programme, move to recovery.

27.9% of people who participate in one or more sessions also move to recovery

Manage your mind volunteers
Manage your mind volunteers

AL – Which other organisations have approved and supported your project?

FS- Manage Your Mind has been endorsed and is fully supported by:

The Medway Mental health Social Care Commissioning Dept and

The Medway Adult and Community Learning Service.

In addition to this, Manage Your Mind has been endorsed and is fully supported by The Medway Mental health Social Care Commissioning Dept and The Medway Adult and Community Learning Service.

AL- How has this helped IAHV?

FS -This is a great step for us as an organisation – and highlights the significant difference the Sudarshan Kriya has on improving Mental Health and well being.

AL – How do you intened to take this project forward? What is your aim?

FS -With the aim to achieve recognition on the NHS, we will continue to work with The University of Kent to further strengthen the programme.

AL – Why did you choose to volunteer these MYM workshops –your reason for doing this? 

FS – I see a lot of people stressed out, depressed and anxious in Medway on a daily basis as a GP. A lot of these people don’t necessarily need medication, or if they are on medication they need additional support. I set up this service so we could work locally with healthcare professionals to provide this support.

AL – You are extremely active at work and in community service. How do you manage work life balance?

FS – I ensure I practice my breathing exercises daily – take time out to exercise, make sure I have a well balanced healthy diet – so I have enough energy to deal with all my responsibilities.
AL – Who inspired you to do this community service?

Farnaaz with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Farnaaz with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

FS- I was inspired by the global humanitarian leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who is the founder of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values.
AL – How long have you been associated with IAHV, community work and this project?

FS – I have been with IAHV for 15 years and started this Manage Your Mind project in Jan 2013

Farnaaz with IAHV Trustees and volunteers
Farnaaz with IAHV Trustees and volunteers
Farnaaz with IAHV Trustees and volunteers
Farnaaz with IAHV Trustees and volunteers