Rochdale depression and anxiety seminar offers tips on spotting conditions in loved ones

Date published: 15 May 2024

A seminar aimed at helping people with depression and anxiety had a great turnout at Deeplish Community Centre.

Led by Dr Piyush Pushkar of Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust, the attendees took part in an interactive question and answer session and listened to Dr Pushkar’s advice on how to spot less obvious signs of depression and anxiety in ourselves and others.

Javid from the Big Life Group Talking Therapies service then followed, and explained in Urdu how people can refer themselves to their counselling services.

The Living Well team provided blood pressure checks and cholesterol advice and blood glucose check were offered by pharmacist Tayyib Tariq.  

The research team from Nothern Care Alliance (NCA) spoke to attendees about the Genes & Health study and how they could participate.


Dr Piyush Pushkar from Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust
Dr Piyush Pushkar from Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust


Sohail Ahmad JP, operations manager at Deeplish Community Centre said: “We are in regular contact with the local community to offer support and engagement to everyone during difficult times.

“We provide useful services such as health events, information and advice, art and wellbeing opportunities and health seminars to support people.

“We thank participants, doctors, consultants and professionals from University of Manchester, Living Well, Talking Therapies and the NCA team for organising this informative, engaging and well attended community health seminar.

Dr Louise Tomkow said: “The turnout for this session was better than ever.

"People from all ages join in with the discussion, asking practical questions about how we can support the mental wellbeing of our loved ones.

“We are so grateful the community centre for hosting these events and to the University of Manchester for sponsoring them. They offer an opportunity for people to come together over shared learning and food.

“We hope that they go some way in addressing health inequalities faced by our community in Rochdale, building trust in services and breaking down the barriers to accessing quality healthcare for all.”

A delicious meal was served with an opportunity to network and discuss ideas for the next seminar which is planned for July.

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