Events

Mind Full or Mindful

Mind Full or Mindful

Dr Zuhra Ahmad and Ayesha Aslam’s pilot research on Mental Health awareness in school aged children using mindfulness was chosen and published.  We were asked to deliver a presentation in Birmingham and we won best oral presentation. 

Published in: Archives of DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD, May 2019, Volume 104 Supplement 2

Mind Full or Mindful

Background:

The prevalence of mental ill health in primary school-aged children is increasing and occurs in up to 1 in 10 children. Mental Health problems cause distress and greatly impact educational attainment, physical health and building social relationships. There is little data on mental health issues in primary school-aged children amongst ethnic minorities. Mental health issues are often unrecognised and not addressed in this population. Mindfulness techniques have been found to improve mental health and well being in children.

Aims:

To increase mental health awareness and teach mindfulness skills to primary school-aged children from ethnic minority groups.

Methods:

A prospective, pilot health promotion programme was conducted to assess recruitment rates, prior knowledge and prevalence of mental ill health, and usefulness of mindfulness on primary school-aged children from ethnic minority backgrounds. Children, accompanied by a parent, attended once weekly mindfulness sessions for six weeks over the summer vacation. Self advised questionnaires were completed by parents at the start and end of the health promotion.

Results:

Twenty three primary school-aged children (6.5+-2.1 yr) participated in the pilot health promotion programmer. Children were from Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds. Parents felt 30+- 22% of primary school-aged children are affected by mental health issues. Seventy nine percent of parents ‘strongly agreed’ that promotion of mental health was important for their child. Importantly, 36% of parents felt their child was currently encountering stress and anxiety or encountered stress and anxiety. Major stressors for children as perceived by their parents included school studies, new situations, parental stress, and relationship with friends and health issues including eczema. The sessions were received well and parents rated the mindfulness sessions as ‘fun’, ‘useful’, ’crucial and a ‘vital skill’.

Conclusions:

Perception of mental health problems in families of ethnic backgrounds varies greatly. Importantly, parents reported that some children have continued engaging with mindfulness skills taught in the health promotion sessions. Further sessions have been requested. More research and mental health promotion is needed in ethnic minority communities.

CPCAB, BACP, Ayesha Aslam on Islamic Counselling

CPCAB, BACP, Ayesha Aslam on Islamic Counselling


Symposium Crowd

Diversity symposium 

Just over 12 years ago Ayesha Aslam was told that you couldn’t combine faith in the counselling process. Fast forward today and she has been asked to deliver a talk on Islamic Counselling with two of the largest governing bodies in the UK.  

Join BACP and  CPCAB at the ‘Connecting with the lived experience‘ diversity symposium as we explore the way forward in understanding diversity as part of the client experience and as part of your own personal development.

The symposium aims        

To open a dialogue to enhance engagement with the lived experience.

·         Encourage delegates to look at their our own diversity in order to be fully present and open to the diversity of the other.

·         Explore what prevents the delegate from fully entering and experiencing the client’s world.  

·         Provide a space to consider what prevents the client from being fully transparent and present when meeting a counsellor outside of their lived experience.

·         It is hoped the day will open up debate with voices from a diverse range of delegates so that we can honestly and transparently take the next steps forward. These may include developing training materials, video resources, funding future research and/or policy changes and exploring how to support the community to be open to their own blind spots and to fully engage with the other.  

How will attending benefit me? 

If you are a Trainer or Tutor: Learn how to better facilitate group process and recognise diversity in training groups. Attendance and participation at the symposium will deepen your professional understanding of diversity, building emotional resilience and provide new insights to translate into your teaching work.

If you are a Counsellor or Trainee: Attendance will support continued professional development and deepening connection in your practice or training. Building upon skills to sensitively provide a safe space for a client to explore deep rooted experiences.

Programme The day will commence with a key note address, setting the scene for bridging the gap and connecting with the lived experience of the client and the client meeting the lived experience of the counsellor. The focus groups will provide an opportunity for a more concentrated and detailed discussion.

Venue:

 Canada Water Theatre & Library 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

To book Tickets are just £35 – book now

Global Sisters Day Event

Global Sisters Day Event

Global Sisters day every day event with Ayesha Aslam

The event went really well and we received positive feedback from the crowd and the Mayor of Ealing.

The following was covered

  • Effect on Muslim Mental Health
  • Islamic perspective of Women in Islam and how to apply this is our modern lives
  • Keeping it real by providing real stories
  • Shaikh Haitham, covered his personal experience of Cancer.

A snippet from the event can be found on  our YouTube Channel

 

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Ayesha Aslam Happily ever after event

Happily Ever After

This isn’t just a marriage seminar. It’s a comprehensive discussion on all aspect’s of what it means to fulfil the objectives of having a healthy relationships and complete a human being in seeking a spouse and education on most important aspects of what makes a fulfilling relationship!

With

Ayesha Aslam – Director of Sakoon Islamic counselling

Shaykh Hasib Noor – The Legacy Institute

UST shabbir Hassan – The Nikah Company

Join us and share

London 2nd March

Oldham 3rd March

Global Mental Health Summit

Global Mental Health Summit

Global Mental Health

It was a busy week with coming back from Thailand and than straight into delivering a speech at the Global Mental Health summit. With little time to prepare and the only Muslim on the panel in front of a hundreds I had to deliver and good to hear the audience laughed and came up to me afterwards stating positive feedback on my speech. I’ve uploaded some pictures, enjoy !