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.

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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2nd December 2018


DISCLAIMER – I am not a health professional, any of the advice I give is solely based off of my personal experiences and things that I’ve read. If you need help, please see someone, you deserve to get better. If you would like to talk to any of us, please email mindoverchatter@fosis.org.uk and we will […]

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3rd December 2017

In The Silences

Assalaamu’alaikum, dear readers. My journey has been long, and standing where I stand now, I wasn’t quite sure which side of the story to tell here. In the past 7 years, I’ve told and retold it, adding things as the years went on, always a new detail, always a new angle. In the end, here […]

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29th November 2017

Depression, do I accept it, or do I fight it?

Depression, has it come back to haunt me because of someone? Or because of the realisation of the amount of work which needs doing? The thought of shooting myself crossed my head just last night, I can’t seek professional help that would put me at risk of being ‘interviewed’, so instead I decided to write […]

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25th October 2017

Her Father’s Daughter

The harsh reality of living with someone with mental health disorders. I come from a family of seven. My parents, both came here over three decades ago and are based in London. Firstly, I would like to thank FOSIS for this amazing project – I have never been able to openly discuss this anywhere before, […]

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