Talat Baig

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Talat studied Mathematics and Computer Science at UCL and Imperial College London. He has worked at many charities and non-profit organisations including being Head of Marketing and Design at a domestic violence charity before going on to help start Inspirited Minds. He is fascinated by the mind and psychology and is passionate about supporting and promoting healthy mental well-being. He also currently works as a software developer at a tech startup bringing solar powered energy to the developing world and has also helped develop and launch Life Lions, an online platform for sharing inspiring life-changing moments.

Shahrina Ahmed

Co-Founder

Shahrina is a graduate of Psychology and a teacher of Science. She has worked with many charitable causes and with students with learning difficulties. She currently teaches students, where some are from unprivileged backgrounds and thus develop mental illnesses. She recognised there were no Muslim organisations to help sufferers, after a few close friends and family developed some form of illness. Shahrina has always had an interest in psychology and the mind, however from this, her passion for helping these people developed.

Salina Ahmed

Chief Visionary Officer & Co-Founder

Salina is an activist engaging on subjects pertaining to religion, social issues and politics. She has partaken in these matters through written entries and public settings, sharing platforms with other intellectuals.Salina wishes to see a world absent from ills, conscious of oppression and a world against doctrines of conformity where it is safe to be unpopular. Salina hopes to be a contributing factor to a free society.

Meanha Begum

Public Relations Manager

Meanha is currently studying a degree in Islamic Psychology where she has been given the blessing to explore her passions, Islam and Psychology. She relishes in the insight of an Islamic perspective to incorporate into psychology, to help those who have never been given a chance that every devout Muslim, and non Muslim deserves. Which is why she considers Inspirited Minds to be a huge blessing in her life. She has been brought up in a heavy western environment, where Islam was once far from her reach, but through trials and tribulations, she has managed to come out stronger and closer to Allah than ever before. It’s simply her experiences, ideas, and open nature that pushes her towards wanting to help others out of their vulnerable places, through their journey, and into happiness, with tranquil souls.

Hamida Moulvi

Public Relations Officer

Hamida has a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, having studied modules concerning Emotions and Mental Health. She is passionate about giving back to the community as it is important to benefit others – every little helps, in inspiring changes and raising awareness, especially within Muslim communities where many cultures can believe mental health isn’t a real problem. She has a love for the way Islam guides, inspires and heals (HasbunAllahu w ni’mal wakeel) and is also interested in languages, being multilingual. She believes words have a powerful impact whether that be in written or spoken form, and that we are all here to learn, implement and share so helping write articles would achieve this also.

Jamilla Hekmoun

Public Relations Officer

Jamilla is a final year undergraduate studying Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and Vice President of the Islamic Society at the University of Exeter. After being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, she is keen on improving the understanding of mental health conditions within Muslim communities. Follow her on Twitter @JamillaTweets.

Ujala Fatima Ilyas

Outreach Manager

Ujala is a Psychology Graduate and currently studies Clinical Mental Health. She works as an Assistant Psychologist within the NHS and the CIRCLE Trial at UCL. Her interests lie in the field of stigma and mental health, particularly in BME & Muslim communities. Ujala hopes to work with Inspirited Minds in actively supporting these marginalised communities, breaking down the stigma of mental illness and inspiring change, as well as understanding.

Zahra Samih

Outreach Worker

Zahra is a psychology graduate studying MSc mental health. Her experiences have shown her how both minority and faith communities are affected by mental health and surrounding issues, and the work that needs to be done to bridge the existing gaps. She is passionate about confronting these issues within the Muslim communities, and believes that as Muslims we should be at the forefront of dealing with our tests, as a community that supports one another. A key element is to build up our brother/sisterhood, supporting one another in building ourselves up, in eman; in deen, and to also be there during the hard times- not to just to fill wedding invitations! Zahra sees this as a part of her work at Inspirited Minds; to further the understanding of mental health so that our community understands both what’s happening as well as how to support each other. Other than these visions, Zahra would describe herself as mayonnaise in the sandwich of life: ‘I’m friendly, chatty and easy to get along with, mayonnaise to keep the sandwich together.”

Sabaa Hejazi

Outreach Worker

Sabaa is a psychology graduate, with modules varying across developmental to clinical psychology. She has learnt that psychology not only helps you understand yourself but also those around you. During her studies, she gained knowledge of different mental health disorders and how they can impact your life on a daily basis. Working with Inspirited Minds, she hopes to share the knowledge she has learnt to educate and encourage the community about the importance of mental health by raising awareness. She hopes to reach out and provide information to individuals and families affected by mental health issues.

Sultan Hatab

Outreach Worker

Sultan is a medical student at King’s College London, successfully running many welfare projects in collaboration with the Islamic Society. He is passionate about battling the stigma of mental health in Muslim and South Asian communities.

Leyla Habebti

Spokesperson

Leyla is the spokesperson for Inspirited Minds, a humanitarian and a survivor. Her journey through life has been a daily battle where she has self-taught to conquer each day. She is honoured to have been given the opportunity to work with Inspirited Minds and help to not just highlight but bring out the stigma surrounding Mental Health and work together as a team to fight this battle of the mind. ‘It’s the broken ones with shattered hearts, whose souls are pierced with love… it’s the broken ones that I love’

Daniyal Gilani

Fundraising Manager

Daniyal is an International Politics graduate and Technical Consultant by profession. Having worked for charities in the UK and overseas, the issues facing sufferers of mental health illnesses became more apparent and made a deep impression on him. With a passion for social enterprise and innovative community projects with impact, Daniyal hopes to use his knowledge and experience to reduce stigma around mental health.

Iman Ben Ahmed

Client Support Manager

Iman is a Mental Health activist. She holds an Undergraduate degree of Psychology from Saint Mary’s University, Canada. She is currently completing her MA in Counselling in London. Iman is a counsellor in training with Place2Be, a renowned child counselling service. She is also an adult addictions counsellor. Iman works in the Maya Centre, which is a women’s counselling service, addressing issues such as domestic abuse and women’s rights in society. Iman is driven to combat the stigma regarding Mental Health, and she strives to educate and raise awareness about the cause. This passion drove her to start a Mental Health initiative on her university campus, aiding Muslim and minority students on campus with their Mental Health concerns, as well as running educational workshops, which is a step closer to the destigmatization of Mental Health. This project is growing rapidly, and extending to universities across London.

Sara Tofiq

Support Worker

Sara currently studies BSc Psychology at UCL. She spends a lot of her time conducting and assisting research on the clinical population. Sara likes to volunteer her time helping out those in need, and spends her summers in the classroom with special needs children. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging and discovering new places of bliss. She aims to become a clinical psychologist in the future with the hope of setting up her own mental health clinic in the Middle East

Hafsah Aneela Bashir

Support Worker

Hafsah is a poet, writer and spoken word artist with a BA in English and Criminology and has completed an MA in Postcolonial Literary and Culture at the University of Leeds. She worked as a mentor for prolific offenders with drugs, alcohol and mental heath issues in Manchester and now works with various vulnerable and marginalised groups within the community such as refugees and asylum seekers using creative agency as a means of expression and therapy. She belongs to writing collectives, Common Word and Manchester Muslim Writers and facilitates creative writing workshops within the community working with young people to develop an understanding of identity and empowerment. Her additional work with NGO’s, providing emergency supplies and medical aid to conflict zones informs her creativity producing a form of lyrical activism. She raises awareness through this about social injustice and has a keen interest in writing as a form of resistance and liberty. Her passion lies in enabling others to empower themselves to reach their full potential and challenge the stigmas surrounding mental heath issues within society having had experience of this herself. She blogs at http://hafsahaneelabashir.wordpress.com

Nasihah Anwer

Support Worker

Nasihah came across the hadith “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” many years ago and has since tried to implement it and try to be of benefit, and help as many people as possible, in whatever capacity she can. This has led to her working and volunteering with many charitable causes, through raising funds, awareness, organising events, taking part in challenges and more. She has recently completed her BSc in Psychology and plans to study MSc Mental Health Science in the near future. She wants to improve the understanding of mental health conditions, especially within Muslim communities as many of us fail to see mental health as a real problem. Nasihah is passionate about giving back to the community and helping others, this combined with her interest in mental health has led to her working with Inspirited Minds as a support worker.

Husna Hejazi

Support Worker

Husna has a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. With target modules surrounding mental well-being. During her undergraduate, she learnt the theories and developments surrounding mental health and psychological disorders as well as the stigmas attached with the public. Husna has a passion for helping people with their problems and hopes her experience with Inspirited Minds will help her help the community by educating and breaking the stigma which surrounds mental health and the implications caused by religious and cultural communities. She hopes to make a positive impact to someone’s life by instilling confidence in oneself to talk about their mental health, as mental health is just as important as physical health.

Fatima Dadabhoy

Counsellor

Fatima is a qualified, integrative counsellor and has been dealing with a range of issues throughout her career. Fatima has particular expertise and experience in dealing with stress, anxiety, abuse, violence and relationship problems. Fatima is also experienced in working with clients, being non-judgemental and working within a confidential environment. When under stress a person’s thinking ability may become blocked, however Fatima believes that every client has the potential to move forward from their stressful situation, when given the right conditions and opportunities. Fatima is emphatic with her clients, in order to understand their feelings at a deep level. She accepts and values her clients without any conditions attached. She works as a congruent and genuine counsellor and aims to build a strong client-counsellor relationship. Fatima is able to speak English, Urdu and Gujrati.

Georgina Cardo

Counsellor

Georgina is an experienced counsellor who specialises in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. She is a registered member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and holds a certificate in Counselling in Person Centered Counselling. Georgina is constantly bettering her knowledge via further studies, for her personal development. She is currently completing her BSc (Hons) Degree in Counselling Studies and Therapeutic Skills and is also in her final year of post graduate level training for a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy a UKCP accredited course. Georgina is a revert to Islam, who is extremely hardworking, passionate and conscientious to the needs of her clients. Her passion for counselling arose when she noticed the difficulties of being a Muslim women in the West, which she felt required psychological attention.

Nazish Hussain

Counsellor

Nazish is a professional, experienced, multilingual, BACP registered integrative counsellor with an M.Ed, B.A in Psychology and F.Da in Counselling. She is working as a counsellor, Psychotherapist, life Coach, NLP Practitioner and Educator. She is founder of an Islamic Supplementary school (Al Jannah Academy) and a counselling practice (Here 2 Listen). She can offer counselling in English, Hindi, Punjabi & Urdu. She specialises in anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, panic attacks, anger , self esteem, alcohol and work related issues. She has vast personal and professional experience working with loss & bereavement, couple & relationships, eating disorders, bullying, violence or abuse, career counselling and child related issues. She has worked with organisation like Hospice and Mind. Her interest include exploring how the client’s spiritual belief system affects the process and outcome of the therapy.

Aaliyah Shaikh

Counsellor

Aaliyah is the founder of Rahmah Counselling, a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Birth Trauma Educator. She holds an MEd in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling from University of Cambridge (thesis: An unconscious alchemy of the womb: How women’s (psychosocial and neurobiological) experiences and feelings regarding menstruation and birth affect their attachment relationship with their child) and a MA in Muslim Community Studies. Aaliyah worked as the youngest employed Muslim female Chaplain from the age of 24 for Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust for 6 years. She specialises in trauma, and the time in the womb as impacting later life development. She is interested in neuroscience, demedicalisation of birth, trauma, attachment, psychology of pain, and the role of patriarchy in women’s health. Aaliyah feels passionately towards natural health, unschooling, natural parenting and conscious living. Her passion is in encouraging women to reclaim their bodies and choices from culture, patriarchy and medicalisation and to empower women through igniting conscious awareness of the power of the womb to restore and heal.

Mehmoona Ashiq

Counsellor

Mehmoona is a trainee Counselling Psychologist currently in the process of completing her doctoral thesis in order to apply for HCPC accreditation and chartered status. Mehmoona is able to offer psychological interventions to clients’ experiencing a number of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, stress and relational problems. She also has experience of working with clients that present with more acute mental health difficulties including psychosis and schizophrenia. Mehmoona has completed training in various models of therapy including CBT and Psychodynamic therapy and has an integrative style of working with clients. Mehmoona is extremely passionate about working with marginalised individuals including asylum seekers/refugees and BME communities.

Abutaher Miah

Islamic Advisor

Abutaher studied at a young age in an Islamic secondary school and further pursued his studies at ‘The Institute of Islamic education’ in Deswbury. He has been enchanted by the rich history of the Islamic culture. The knowledge of Islam that he has acquired gave him an understanding of the complexity of the ever intriguing world we live in today. The mixture of his educational experiences and the joy of supporting others has enforced the thought that he enjoyed the challenge and responsibility of educating others and providing guidance and support. He maintains an energetic importance in contemporary technologies and classical sciences and has the ability to talk to many different types of people with ease. The experiences and knowledge he has gained from studying Islamic Studies has enabled him to be dedicated in captivating and engaging the hearts and minds of others. He has had the opportunity to help several brothers and sisters who were in need of advice and support. Through the sheer blessing and mercy of Allah, they found his advice beneficial and it led them to a better lifestyle.

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