NEWS & PRESS
Channel 4 Dispatches: Young, British and Depressed
AIRS ON MONDAY 29TH JULY AT 8PM (UK TIME)
With one in eight young people aged 5 to 19 having a mental disorder, demand for access to mental health services at an all-time high and antidepressant use on the increase - Dispatches explores our youth depression crisis.
Reporter Sanah Ahsan wants to find out what is fuelling the crisis and what treatment is available for young people. Talking to teenagers and young people, campaigners, psychologists and medical professionals, Dispatches asks: Are we over-reliant on antidepressants? Do people know about the potential long-term implications? Are we offering medical solutions to emotional problems? And whilst praised for opening up the conversation around mental health, have de-stigmatisation campaigns had unintended consequences?
Reporter: Sanah Ahsan
Producer Anna Davis
Executive Producers: Vicki Cooper & Kieran Smith
Producer and Director: Alicia Arce
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As a Muslim woman, who navigates her Britishness, religion and queerness – Sanah Ahsan felt an abundant importance in telling these stories "For me personally, it was both emotionally challenging and liberating to embrace such a reputable stage and speak openly about my identity through poetry. Queer Muslim wxmen are often made to feel and act invisible; it is a political act in itself to give light to our existence, and to show we are here in abundance. There is power in seeing that people can hold onto their faith, alongside their sexuality with equal pride and without compromising one for the other."
"I’d describe myself as a loving, spiritual and reflective person, with a desire for growth that sets the foundation for my life and work choices. That love, faith and growth-seeking translates into the passion-driven work I do as a poet, trainee clinical psychologist, and in my community work. My own lived experience of mental health difficulties, alongside a complex journey of self-acceptance, self-love and navigation of all the aspects of my identity, has inevitably influenced the personal meaning this ‘work’ has for me. Work is love made visible, as Kahlil Gibran (one of my favourite writers) articulated so beautifully."
Between haram and halal: British Muslims explore the grey area THE NATIONAL
Sanah Ahsan, a psychologist, poet and activist, articulated widely felt grievances in her poem on Prevent – the British government’s strategy to counter home-grown extremism – which has been criticised for stigmatising Muslims and alienating the community.
“When you say prevent do you know the extent of the damage you are causing? … You are preventing children from feeling at ease in their schools. You are painting all Muslims with the same brush as these extremist fools,” Ahsan said.
Sanah Ahsan's Journey of Self-love Through Therapy and Spoken Word TIMESHEET MAG, BERLIN
"There's lots of stuff I'm doing actually. I'm trying to think about things that might be more interesting," says Sanah Ahsan in a coffee shop in London's Edgware district. She's talking about using poetry and therapy to help develop a community space for queer women of color and the work is already interesting. In a conversation that acts as a process for untangling the intertwined threads of Ahsan's life and career, the psychologist, spoken word poet and activist examines the path that led her to become the inspiration she is today.