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.


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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 try our best to help you and direct you to the best places, whilst always maintaining your confidentiality.

As a child I had always felt lost and alone until I had a book placed in my hands.
The first book I remember reading was ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

I always go back to this quote:
“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

As humans we believe that whatever state we are in, we are destined to stay there, whether that be in a position at work, or it be a low state of mind. But your future is in your hands, as cliché as that sounds, only you are able to change your tomorrow by taking it in your hands and making your decisions.

I don’t know what you are going through, but I know that you will overcome this and much worse, for you are a creation of Allah, and He doesn’t put us in situations that we cannot deal with. Think of everything as a journey, at the end of which you will uncover yourself even more each time.

I will be writing blog posts about my own journey, the ups and downs, how I deal with them and things that I think will be useful for you. If there are any topics or if you have questions that you would like me to cover, please email mindoverchatter@fosis.org.uk, and I will try my best to answer as well as I can.

If you had asked me if I would ever feel better, get into university, pass my first year, let alone write a blog about my depression and anxiety, I would have laughed.

But here I am today defying all odds, I have faith and the highest hope that those of you that will read this will get some insight and deepen your understanding about mental health – and it warms my heart to think that.

Just as you will help me in my recovery by reading this, I hope to help you too InshaAllah.

“On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear” – 23:62