Fashion designer Assma Galuta, best known to her YouTube Fans as Asoomii Jay, is recovering from Thyroid Cancer. Muslim Link is grateful to Assma for sharing her very personal story with our readers in the hopes it will raise awareness about Thyroid Cancer and will help more young women coping with this experience know that they are not alone.
Challenged by Professor Harry Mackay to develop a project to raise awareness about mental health amongst their peers, Shukri Ahmed, Mohamed El Koussy, Fatimah Mirza, Faisa Omer, and Ikram Hussain developed an award-winning project as part of their Introduction to Mental Health and Disease course at Carleton University.
Ayan Yusuf is coping with paranoid schizophrenia and depression and she wants you to know all about it. The 26 year-old spoke at the 3rdAnnual Awakening: Reviving the Spirit of Somali Youth event in January about her struggle and why it is important for the community to challenge the stigma faced by those living with mental illness. She hopes that by sharing her story, other Muslims living with mental illness will feel less alone in their struggle.
Berak Hussain discovered her passion for counselling back when she was a student at Gloucester High School.
“I was always listening to my friends' challenges and problems and doing my best to offer them support,” she says.
But like many second-generation immigrant students, she decided to study what was expected, not what interested her.
“It was either I be a doctor or I be an engineer.”
So when Berak started studying Psychology at the University of Ottawa, it wasn't because she was planning a career in counselling.
“I was told that it was a good undergraduate degree to have if I wanted to get accepted into med school,” she says.
But when the young woman discovered that people could actually get jobs listening to people and helping them with their problems, she decided to do the unexpected and pursue the University of Ottawa's Masters of Education in Counselling instead of medicine in order "to help people through the soul rather than the cell".
"I have some good news and some bad news...The bad news is that I relapsed while at work... I felt terrible Zeyad, I just stood there in the bathroom not even able to look myself in the mirror. "
"I felt so angry with myself and decided that this was enough... Whatever you want to call it, the good news is that I decided I would not let Shaytan (the devil) win this time and miss dhuhr (midday) and asr (afternoon) prayers like I usually do when I relapse."