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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, Sivan spoke to Faisal who is a creative entrepreneur based in Cambridgeshire and has a background in marketing, coaching/mentoring and community development. After being diagnosed with ADHD and dyspraxia in November 2021, he feels that it’s now part of his duty to raise awareness about neurodiversity in the Muslim community and beyond as being undiagnosed for 26 years of life impacted his life, upbringing, education, relationships, spirituality, mental health and career.

Faisal’s creativity as an artist has helped him therapeutically throughout life and he likes to show the impact it can have in wider society and his mental health. He continues to implement awareness in society about neurodiversity, most recently helping create the neurodiversity training package and support groups for staff at London Fire Brigade. He also has created social media awareness channels to raise awareness about ADHD which have received a worldwide response – especially from the Muslim community.

A video Faisal created about having ADHD in November went viral, the reaction from the Muslim world showed him the importance of raising awareness about it. He believes that Muslims need to also learn that learning difficulties are different to mental health issues however can exist and can impact them further.

Their discussion explored:

  • Impacts of ADHD on mental, physical and spiritual well-being and as well as social, educational and work lives
  • Misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding ADHD and neurodiversity
  • Navigating life after a late ADHD diagnosis and being able to understand childhood experiences
  • Regaining confidence and building self-esteem
  • Managing lifestyles and self-care practices to embrace ADHD
  • Helping others understand ADHD

You can find Faisal on Instagram @adhdvisualized.

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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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