With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health condition each year, British Asian mum, Sushma Bhanot has spent the past 15 years supporting thousands of women in Essex, London and across the country who have been subjected to poor mental, physical, and financial health take immediate action.
On one occasion during the pandemic, Sushma worked discretely and quickly to assist a woman who was thinking of killing herself. Sushma provided counselling guidance and helped the woman obtain professional support. Another example included Sushma working for many hours in providing mock interviews for women who were facing job interviews for the first time in a bid to get them into work and financially independent.
Sushma's efforts were recognised in the Queen's New Year’s Honours 2022 when she received an MBE for services to the community and wellbeing.
Sushma Bhanot said, "It's a privilege to receive this honour. However, as the pandemic continues, there is plenty more work to be done and this recognition only further motivates me to work hard and empower the thousands more women across our country who are suppressed mentally, physically and financially. This is just the beginning and there is plenty more work to be done. I would also pay tribute to all the NHS staff and key workers who have been instrumental in helping the country through the pandemic".
Her free booklet on Women’s Health during Covid and Beyond - A Self Help Guide has been distributed to around 4000 women.