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We ran a one and half hour teacher training workshop at Lady Aisha Academy in East London on the topic of mental health struggles that young teenage girls face and the best approach to dealing with them. Some topics covered included bullying, body image, social media, opposite gender interactions and the difficulty in balancing between both the west and eastern influences.

MashaAllah, the teachers were really keen and engaged in tackling the issues on mental health faced by their students. We included some role play in the training so that the learning was interactive and long-lasting. The role play was particularly enjoyable for the teachers as they were able to put themselves in their students’ position and think and act creatively.

This was a unique experience for us where we (Zaynab Hamdi and I) did not only share our knowledge and expertise, but we too learnt a lot from the teachers (We promise – they didn’t bribe us with food to say this).

We want to thank the Lady Aisha Academy who had kindly invited and gave us this opportunity to help the next generation of the ummah.

May Allah shower his bounty on the teachers of Lady Aisha Academy and may He increase them in their skills, patience and strength so that they may support the young girls who attend their school. 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:

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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