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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.

This month, Sivan spoke to Zainab Ahmed. Zainab is a volunteer with The Lantern Initiative, which is a Muslim mental health charity. She also works for How Are You Peterborough as a digital and communication specialist, where she regularly engages with the Muslim community to understand what they need from mental health services. The projects Zainab has been involved with include facilitating weekly Chai & Chat sessions, assisting at Connecting Muslim Mums sessions, delivering workshops and organising and hosting events. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and going for walks.

Their discussion explored:

  • The different types of OCD, including religious OCD and relationship OCD
  • Her journey towards receiving a diagnosis and what helped her on her healing journey
  • More about Exposure Response Therapy (ERT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • How she struggled with negative, intrusive thoughts and what helped in dealing with them
  • The misconceptions surrounding OCD and how its not only about cleaning
  • More about her work with The Lantern Initiative
  • & so much more!

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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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