Nadiya: Anxiety And Me

Update - 16/05/19

Nadiya's documentary, featuring Hove Park School, has received widespread praise. If you missed it we urge you to watch it again on iPlayer here > https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00053fy/nadiya-anxiety-and-me

We thought it would be nice to share some positive messages from our community about this very poignant programme:

Sara Paja - Thank you Nadiya for speaking out and well done Hove Park for addressing the issue too! So glad I chose your school for my girls!

Kay Whittington - Let’s hope all schools follow a similar policy especially these days with so much pressure on people with social media x

The Mental Health Foundation - This was an incredibly honest and moving documentary raising awareness around anxiety. Thank you @BegumNadiya for highlighting such an important issue by sharing your journey so bravely. It was inspirational and wonderful to see how young people are supported at @HpsHove

Our Time - Wonderful to see @HpsHove putting mental well- being so high on the agenda & their whole school approach. Our work with @PlymExCluster & @StokeDamerelCC has shown this has an incredibly positive effect on staff & pupils alike


Just before Christmas, TV's Nadiya Hussain visited Hove Park School to talk to students and staff about issues regarding mental health. Nadiya has lived with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks since childhood, and will soon, along with the work we do at Hove Park to support emotional wellbeing, feature in the BBC One's Mental Health season.

Nadiya's documentary is finally finished and will be broadcast on BBC One - Wednesday 15th May at 9pm. The programme notes are copied below.

Hove Park is heavily invested in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all our young people. The work we do to identify mental health needs and the packages of support on offer at Hove Park has resulted in local and national recognition.

Within Brighton and Hove we are considered to be the leaders in this area with some of our strategies being rolled out across other schools. Hove Park was chosen to take part in the Department of Educations Mental Health Champions Project. Our tiered response to mental health and the impact skilled pastoral teams and our fully integrated counselling service was praised and published as a case study of good practice in May 2018. Having mental health and emotional wellbeing embedded as a priority across the school structure has reduced stigma around mental health, ensured shorter waiting times for counselling and created a team of staff who are supported, skilled and have an increased confidence in offering emotional support to students.

Nadiya's documentary 'Nadiya: Anxiety And Me'

Since Nadiya Hussain won Bake Off in 2015 she’s rarely been off our screens. Despite her incredible success, Nadiya has been living with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks since childhood. In Nadiya: Anxiety And Me, she shares her journey through her first course of therapy.

For a long time, Nadiya has kept her anxiety a secret. After years of struggling in silence, she is ready to find out where her anxiety comes from and how to treat it. Nadiya hopes her openness will inspire others to seek help and fight the stigma associated with mental health issues.

While Nadiya is sure that she has some sort of anxiety disorder, she has never been diagnosed. Her GP refers her to a specialist for a course of cognitive behavioural therapy. Her raw and honest therapy sessions help her to reveal the buried memories and key moments from her past that have led to her anxiety. After learning new coping mechanisms, Nadiya begins to think differently about her panic attacks.

Anxiety is a modern epidemic. Nadiya meets others who also have her condition in the hope of understanding her own issues and how anxiety is affecting the nation’s health. Nadiya also learns about the range of treatments available, from medication to online support groups.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to experiencing anxiety. Nadiya meets students at Hove Park School in Brighton, which takes an unusually open and proactive approach to supporting the mental health of their students. Nadiya emerges hopeful that the next generation will be better equipped to cope with the pressures on their mental health.