We were invited by Bristol University ISoc to talk about the role of faith in mental health and the importance of it through the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah. We were joined by both men and women equally.

Myself and Haajira Hussain were at awe with the warmth and response that we received from the university ISoc. We felt that addressing mental health in a university is paramount in the current times and the ISoc was proactive in addressing this. They were really keen on learning about supporting those who are enduring mental health difficulties and tackling the taboo of it, as well as finding our Islamic history on mental health intriguing. We felt that they left the talk reflecting about how they respond to others and thinking about ways to identify when someone may be enduring mental health difficulties. We were approached by some of the attendees who mentioned that they really appreciated the talk and they had asked for more information and resources such as readings. Some had also asked to get involved in raising awareness about mental health to which we were thrilled to hear!

It was an absolute pleasure to be in the presence of such inspiring leaders. May Allah grant success to the ISoc and the brothers and sisters in their future endeavours and may He relieve any source of hardship or calamity they’re experiencing now and/or in the future. Ameen.

If you would like to get involved in raising awareness about mental health in your local community, we are looking to grow our outreach team to different cities around the country. We will ensure that you are fully trained and confident before running workshops / talks. Please visit our website for more information: https://inspiritedminds.org.uk/get-involved/vacancies/

Farhana Maleque

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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