Sounea is a Psychology practitioner who I decided to get in touch with after being recommended through the OFFCENTR group. I direct messaged her through Instagram to discuss my idea and then emailed her my aims of the project. I
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, spoken-word poet, speaker, and educator invested in unlearning the modalities of knowledge she has internalised, disrupting power relations, and interrogating narratives around race/ism, gender(ed oppression), Islamophobia, state violence, knowledge production and (de)coloniality.
I got in touch with Suhaiymah to share my ideas on my topic and to ask for her help by sharing her ideas towards my project. Suhaiymah was able to provide me with very valuable research, which I begin to research further into this blog.
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Me on @BBCLookNorth today talking about #WorldMentalHealthDay & why we will only be addressing mental health superficially until we address the conditions of capitalism, systemic oppression, poverty, coercive norms & violence that we live in. Any good in what I said is from Allah & any error is my own x • Swipe to see it all and major shoutout yet again to @seetal_, @aaminahleg & @kavirajsingh who produced the film they played in this segment and which got me invited onto the evening news at all! (link still in bio)
To do list:
- Research Guilane Kinouani
- Research into Amalia.com
- Research Khidr Collective’s zines
- Think about mental health from a racial point of view
Hamza’s previous post was a tweet he posted on Instagram which is a very sensitive topic, especially as Islam does not agree with suicide. The following screenshots are from the comments of the discussion of Hamza’s post.
I decided to email Hamza to ask if he would be interested in being interviewed about his experiences of mental health. I feel that it would be important to gain an insight of a male’s perspective on this topic as it is something which is usually dismissed with men in general.
Similarly to Hamza Hussain, Faisal is also a poet and writer who is known as ‘The Smiling Akh’. I also emailed him to ask if he was interested in speaking about his experiences.