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Counselling Graduate Looks to Reduce Mental Health Stigma in the Community

Soolet Yasin

A BSc (Hons) Psychology (Counselling and Health) graduate from the University Centre at Blackburn College is helping to reduce the stigma of mental health in the local community.

Soolet Yasin, 47, is an advocate for mental health specialising in counselling Asian and minority ethnic clients.

Since graduating in 2015, she set up Blackburn-based service Think Positive Counselling, using the knowledge and experience gained from her degree.

Soolet said: “Many in the community are reluctant to seek help for psychological or emotional issues because of their religious beliefs.”

“I want people struggling with their mental health to know that they do not need to suffer in silence and that there are professionals here that can help.”

Soolet’s personal experiences inspired her to study BSc (Hons) Psychology (Counselling and Health) at the University Centre at Blackburn College.

For Soolet, the road to becoming a qualified counsellor was not an easy one, but with the support of her tutors, she was able to achieve her career ambitions.

During her time on the degree, she brought up five children – one of whom was treated for stage four cancer, dealt with relationship issues and struggled with excruciating chronic back pain.

Soolet added: “I’ve had significant challenges in my personal life and I want to encourage the idea that it is okay to share your problems with an outsider – no matter your religious belief.”

“Although counselling has become mainstream in recent years – it is underutilised by ethnic minority groups and this is something that I want to change.”

Think Positive Counselling is a Blackburn-based service offering counselling that is tailor-made for members of the Asian community. Counsellor Soolet Yasin can be contacted directly by email at

Those looking to pursue a career in the sector are encouraged to make an application to the University Centre at Blackburn College.

The University Centre at Blackburn College currently offers an Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Foundation Degree FdA – which is currently taking applications for September 2020 entry.

20 Jan 2020, 15:51 PM