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It was #TimeToTalk on the 4th February, and we really did talk. MashAllah, we had so many different voices, and ages in all sorts of forms around all sorts of mental health problems. We asked you to tell us in your way and that’s exactly what most of you did, and it was beyond appreciated. There were photographs, poems, stories, and videos which all contributed to the huge numbers that were already participating in #TimeToTalk and you can see where here.

We hope, (and we have confidence of this) that someone somewhere received the message as an ummah we strived to send out. Bi’idthnillah someone who has been suffering from a mental health problem was given a reason to smile, and have been encouraged to speak out and not be afraid of the stigma they may receive. We also pray that those who were ignorant have now been enlightened, and many have been inspired to carry on fighting the battle of breaking down these taboos and stigmas.

At Inspirited Minds – our desire to inspire will never disappear, which is why we’re praying and planning for an even bigger #TimeToTalk next year! May Allah reward all of those who were involved in any way possible, and may He make it a huge success the following year, Ameen!

To see this year’s amazing contributions you can find the videos on our Youtube, and all of the posts on our Facebook/Instagram.

For now, here are our favourites:

A gentleman who embraces his language and culture – but knows that mental health should also have importance within it.

Isolated and pushed aside – yet strong and honest.

A mother and epic blogger discusses bravery, silence and as an ummah what we should be doing.

Cute little hands that gripped our hearts when it was #TimeToTalk

A plea of help to society and one’s own body and mind

We never truly know how much pain one is enduring, but this poem reveals what isolation and ongoing sadness can do to someone.

An active and passionate student tells us what she thinks about common stereotypes around mental health and what our duties are as muslims towards those suffering

Devon Muslimaat

Meanha Begum 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.

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