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This month, Sivan spoke to Sheikh Saeed Nasser about his work as an integrative counsellor, bereavement counsellor, interpreter and clinical supervisor. He shared his experience of working within the Muslim community in this capacity and shed light on several aspects of life from relationships to mental health. Sheikh Saeed also spoke openly about his earlier years, his way of facing the stigma he experienced with regards to his visual impairment and his love for his home, the UK. With his gentle nature and wise words, Sheikh Saeed really gave us a lot to ponder upon.

Some of the things you’ll find out about are:

  • Where did his passion for mental health com from?
  • What were his younger years like and what kind of stigma did he face?
  • How did Sheikh Saeed handle stigma towards him?
  • What teachings can we take from the Qur’an to help us deal with everyday stressors and greater difficulties?
  • How can we think about life and the hereafter and remind ourselves of the temporary nature of this world?
  • How can we form resilient families and communities?
  • How can we be more open in our relationships and really allow each other to express ourselves without fear of judgement?

Our podcast The Mindful Muslim, is a space to have open, honest, raw conversations on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality. If you have a question or topic you would like us to discuss on The Mindful Muslim Podcast or if you would like to feature on the podcast as a guest please contact us at

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Sivan Kader

Sivan is a Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Neuroscience graduate from Queen Mary, University of London and King’s College London. She hopes to combine her learning from personal experience with mental illness, with the passion to drive positive change, to ultimately empower others to take care of their mental wellbeing. With a background in research, and having worked with a social enterprise, she has joined Inspirited Minds to help shed light on mental health stigma in the Muslim community, in particular, and work towards encouraging dialogue, empathy, and compassion.

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