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This short interactive workshop focused on using Islam as a strength to manage current difficulties that the Muslim teens aged between 12-18 from the Woking Muslim Youth Group have faced or are facing. The areas focused on included using the five pillars, applying it into individual contexts described in the room that day, and exploring ways the young people can be in touch with both the five pillar and the 5 ways of wellbeing to manage situations of stress.

There was a great atmosphere in the room where all the young people worked together and engaged in the activities and showed enthusiasm in learning about their own mental health and how to manage it when things aren’t going too well. It was certainly enjoyable to find out how the young people found ways to connect, to give, to learn and be mindful. May Allah continue to increase the knowledge of the young people who attended; the parents who have helped organise the workshop and ease any hardships they may be facing. Ameen.

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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