After winning BBC’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’ competition in 2015, Nadiya Hussain became a household name in the United Kingdom.
The author of cooking books including Time To Eat, Nadiya’s Family Favourites, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure and Nadiya’s Kitchen, and presenter of programmes like Time To Eat and Nadiya’s Asian Odyssey, who has now also published her memoir, Finding My Voice, spoke at the ‘Stylist Live Luxe’ event.
Her words were on mental health, dealing with anxiety and panic disorder growing up, by revealing how she used to be bullied in school and also being driven home by her teacher because she was worried about everything. And how most of the decisions she took in life were based on the treatment she received as a child and spoke on the kind of advice she will give to her younger self she had the chance.
She will be less hard on herself, be more courageous, also she wants a name for mental health, so it can be treated in our societies. Because it has no name it is difficult to notice it as an illness and find treatment for it.
“We need a word for mental health so that we can help people talk more openly about how they’re feeling,” She said. “If we don’t have a word for it, then how else can we explain it?”, she asked.
Nadiya also added that she will listen to her voice more often as a child, “If I listened to my own voice when I was younger I would have walked out of my parent’s house and gone to university,” she said.
Nadiya Hussain spoke about how her parents prevented her from entering university, a few weeks after she got admission.
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