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An Introduction to Muslim Mental Health was an educational workshop in collaboration with Revert 2 Reality (R2R) which embodied topics around the common myths of mental health; what mental health is; common mental health difficulties and its symptoms; factors contributing to mental health difficulties; Islamic basis of mental health; supporting oneself and others enduring mental health difficulties; and understanding and addressing stigma surrounding mental health in the Muslim community.

By the end of the workshop, attendees grasped the basics of understanding mental health within the Muslim community.

“Excellent workshop. Mashallah. Allah reward R2R and Inspirited Minds for such noble cause.”

“Alhamdolillah excellent workshop. A very holistic and balance approach taking into account psychological, biological and spiritual aspects of mental health. Looking forward to the next one inshaAllah. Jzk to all involved in organising it. A much needed service in this community.”

Farhana Maleque

Farhana is a psychology graduate from Sussex University and currently undertaking motivational interviewing training. She works as an assistant psychologist in an inpatient psychiatric hospital in the NHS. She’s actively involved in running psychological groups like mindfulness, wellbeing, recovery and self compassion, as well as working with peer support workers (individuals with lived experience) to run co-produced training and workshops for staff and the community. She is also working as a research assistant in a number of service development projects. Her special interests lie in developing ones self-awareness and self compassion. She is also motivated in normalizing and reframing people’s view on different mental health difficulties by exploring and understanding a range of contributing factors. These include relationships, childhood experiences, life events, stressors and others. Farhana is passionate about working and learning from those with lived experience and carers, and help empower them to look at themselves and others as humans, steering away from labels to recognize and appreciate their unique set of skills, values, hopes and dreams. Through the work with Inspirited Minds, she is eager to reach out to everyone, specifically individuals from black, ethnic minority backgrounds, the Muslim community, young people, and those who are experiencing or have experienced social injustice, so we can start valuing and openly talk about our mental health like we do with our physical health when we go to the doctors.

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