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Depression and Self-Harm in the Midst of Faith and Poetry with Wajid Haqq

The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds podcast that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.

In this episode we meet Wajid Haqq, a.k.a ‘Heretic’, a spoken word artist who shares his experiences with depression, religious PTSD and self-harm. He really explores the concept of mental health with faith and identity through his writing and poetry.

During the episode, he discussed:

  • His idea behind the self-titled name ‘heretic’ and what it stands for
  • The motivation behind becoming a spoken word artist and how this shaped his identity
  • The personal experience of his mental health, including been diagnosed with depression and how he used pain to cope
  • His interaction with the Muslim community and how stigma played a huge role in deteriorating his wellbeing
  • The importance of having a support network in dealing with struggles
  • How faith played a role in his lived experiences
  • In what ways he coped and his advice to people struggling with mental health difficulties

You can find Heretic Official on Youtube.

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Sivan Kader

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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