Halima Hamid is a local entrepreneur and keen community builder, networking and engaging with people to inspire has been at the forefront of her journey. Her wish is ultimately to eliminate negativity and issues around mental health through peer to peer support groups.
1 in 4 people face mental health issues in a year. This is a hidden issue in society and especially in the Muslim community. Therefore, this project also supports other mental health organisations such as Mind. The passion for creating these chutneys has helped me overcome episodes of anxiety and depression, as it provided a sense of positivity and calmness. In overcoming my own struggles and battles against mental health, I have taken it upon myself to help others do the same and I am whole-heartedly dedicated to this cause. Food brings people together and we will be using this to our advantage, delivering healthy eating classes to tackle the taboo surrounding mental health in our local communities. The new year, 2020, will mark the launch of the good mood food community cookbook, which will be compiled by collecting individual recipes, dishes and ideas that inspire hope. We are trying to produce bulk chutney orders for many reasons. For one, it would be more economically beneficial and cheaper in the long run. Purchasing in bulk means that I will be able to hire out a kitchen space, providing efficiency for customers and consequently, business longevity. Bulk orders will also ensure that ingredients are kept fresh and natural, creating better quality products. The funds will help to buy stock and pay for food testing and labelling to get the products shipped to peoples' homes.
But we cannot do this alone and need your support to make it happen. Honesty is the best policy and our transparency during this journey will help us become more focused and driven throughout this meaningful mission, increasing the recognition of mental health.