The idea of helping women with their worry and anxiety arose when individuals started to share their struggles on social media. In mid-2018 we organised a women only conference, Being ME with the theme Breaking Barriers. With the help from collaborating partners, we were able to get professionals to speak on our platform. We discussed issues from having a support system, eating disorders, expressing our feelings and self help to name a few.
After getting an overwhelming feedback, we decided to have a preliminary mental health assessment alongside our main program at the Twins of Faith conference in December 2018. Twins of Faith is an annual family conference that discusses current issues through the lens of Islam. Out of the 62 people who registered for the mental health assessment, 30% have moderate depression and more than 50% have severe and extremely severe anxiety. We believe at that point of time that not many people are aware of the importance of seeking help.
We did not stop there. We continued our mission to be a helping hand to as many as possible. Every month then on, we organised free lectures that either discusses mental health issue at large or we would address it in related current issues. We were happy that many were able to benefit from them.
In 2020, we decided to take a bolder step to respond to an increase in demand for help on mental health. It has been a journey for us to bring Sisterhood to life. We welcome you with open arms to partake this journey of self betterment together.