Mind Over Chatter

FOSIS Mind Over Chatter campaign is here to provide a platform for discussion on mental health and equipping ISOCs with tools and resources of their own. Share your personal experiences so that others can understand the picture. You may have looked after a family member, experienced depression or anxiety yourself, or have tips you've learnt from others that can improve one's mental health well being. We can share your experiences on our Mind Over Chatter blog for others to benefit from. Alternatively, you can also choose to submit anonymously using an anonymous tag name.

10th October 2019

World Mental Health Day

With World Mental Health Day in our midst, we wanted to share this anonymous post from IMED Birmingham with you all. This anonymous post captures the hard hitting side of MH but also finishes with some positivity and hope. We hope this post can resonate with those who may need to hear this.

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19th April 2019

Time To Talk

On Sunday 10 th March I spoke at the ‘Time2Talk’ event at Birmingham University, hosted by FOSIS Mind Over Chatter, IMed Birmingham and the Islamic Society at Birmingham University. The event was hosted with the aim of increasing awareness around mental health in the Islamic community, there were various speakers throughout the day each offering […]

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15th April 2019

Body Image and Self Esteem Webinar

“You yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” How we value and perceive ourselves and how your self-esteem can affect whether you value yourself as a person – this is what we’re going to be looking at in this Mind Over Chatter webinar. What can you expect? […]

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9th April 2019

Signs and Symptoms and Self Help Webinar

This webinar will mirror an interactive First Aid Mental Health workshop where you will be able to increase your knowledge of what signs and symptoms to look out for as well as knowing how to overcome such problems with self-help tips. Signs, Symptoms and Self Help for Students by Meanha Begum ( from Inspirited Minds […]

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25th February 2019

Emotional Intelligence Webinar

The ability to recognise, understand and manage both your own emotions and the emotions of those around you is vital. So what can you expect from this online webinar? ✚ Connections between self-awareness, empathy and social skills ✚ How to identify, understand and manage emotions ✚ An (anonymous option) Q & A segment ✚ Professional […]

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1st February 2019


I have always struggled when going to the doctors. From making sure I get to the appointment on time to having to wait in the waiting room with other people, there is a long list of factors that add to my anxiety, and by the time my name is called I am sweating. I’ve been […]

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11th January 2019

New Year

The end of a year is an opportunity to look back over the past 12 months and reflect. All over social media, TV and the radio people will be going over what happened this year, talking about resolution-making, with the opportunity for a new start. To look back at the year and what you have […]

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7th January 2019


*** Trigger warning, this is a sensitive topic *** For me feeling in control is having the ability to make decisions for myself. Being able to decide how I feel and react to certain situations and how I carry myself on a daily basis. Unfortunately for those that suffer with mental health issues, being in […]

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21st December 2018

Friendships Causing Me Anxiety Webinar

On Wednesday 21st November, the FOSIS Mind Over Chatter campaign held an online webinar, led by Sidra Chaudry, a registered psychotherapist, entitled ‘Friendships Causing Me Anxiety’. Watch our recording of the webinar now to gain a better insight into anxiety, self- doubt and friendship, how it can lead to losing yourself. Webinars will take the […]

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19th December 2018

The Dip

It hit me like a car. I was walking to the library, it was mid-November, I had an exam to revise for and had planned all my revision for the week ahead. I took my favourite route, past the lake and fed the ducks on my way in. This was always the highlight of my […]

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