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Coping with anxiety and depression

Date: Friday 5 July 2019

Time: 18:45 for a 19:00 start. Ending at 20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP

Speakers: Iman Ben Ahmed and Shaykh Haytham Tamim

Anxiety and depression are more common than you think. One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. This means you probably know somebody affected by either depression or anxiety, two of the most common mental health conditions.

You may have heard these terms a lot, possibly used alongside each other. But how well do you understand them? And do you know the key differences between anxiety and depression?

In this talk, our two speakers will explain the terms, their symptoms, and most crucially, give practical tips on how to deal with anxiety and depression.


Iman Ben Ahmed, Counsellor and psychotherapist

Iman is a qualified psychotherapist with a special interest in community mental health work. She is very passionate about providing mental training and advocacy. She has delivered mental health training on multiple UK university campuses, to promote wellbeing as well as peer support and signposting.

She has worked with multiple charities and organizations to provide counselling and mental health support such as Place2Be, Nafsiyat, Inspirited Minds, Hestia, St. Mungo’s, Family Action, and the NHS.

Iman is currently dedicated to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, where she works as a Counsellor and Family Support Worker to ensure that the wellbeing of those affected is taken as a priority, and to promote individual and community healing after the tragedy.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim, Founder of the Utrujj Foundation

Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. At Utrujj he has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated.

His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest certificates in Quran, Hadith and Fiqh. He gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College).

Shaykh Tamim has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and further afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching. He serves on numerous boards and panels.


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Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser

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