Fashion influencer Mariah Idrissi visits Harrow Horizons mental health service

Muslim model, presenter and actress is taking part in FastForADay campaign to support Barnardo’s during Ramadan


British Muslim model Mariah Idrissi visited a Barnardo’s service in London on May 22 as part of a Ramadan campaign to support the UK’s leading children’s charity.

Mariah, who rose to prominence in 2015 as the UK’s first Hijabi model through a high street fashion campaign, is taking part in #FastForADay, an influencer-driven campaign to raise awareness of Barnardo’s work in the British Muslim and wider BAME communities.

She met the team at Harrow Horizons, close to her home in north west London, to discuss their work supporting children and young people within one of the capital’s most culturally diverse boroughs.

Mariah Idrissi said:

With mental health awareness week just last week, the issues on mental health were once again brought to the forefront, an ongoing problem which affects thousands of young people around the country. It was great to visit Harrow Horizons to see how some of the most vulnerable children and young people are being supported by Barnardo’s. It’s reassuring that a centre like this is available locally and it was insightful to see the work that goes on behind services such as this.

Parminder Sahota, Harrow Horizons Service Manager, said:

We were really pleased to talk to Mariah about the work we’re doing to support children and young people in this diverse part of London. We work hard to connect with our local communities, so it’s fantastic to have the support of influencers like Mariah who can help spread the message that mental health can affect anyone, whatever their background or cultural experience.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, said:

Fast For A Day is showcasing what the month of Ramadan means for hundreds of thousands of families, households and individuals throughout the UK. It’s fantastic to see Mariah Idrissi and other popular British Asians of all faiths come together to support Barnardo’s during Ramadan and our Time For Family campaign.

Harrow Horizons is a partnership between Barnardo’s, Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group and Harrow Council, providing emotional and mental health for children and young people aged 0 to 18, and up to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities. It launched in June 2017 in Pinner Road, Harrow, and has supported nearly 400 children and young people, working within local schools, the community and at the Harrow Horizons base in Pinner Road.


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