Our mission is to advocate, campaign and inspire using our own lived experience of mental health to make a lasting change for ourselves and our communities.
“Some of us feel the rain, while others just get wet “
by Bob Marley
My name is Hinda Mohamed. I’m a British-Somali woman who arrived in the UK as a young refugee, and I have mixed heritage 6 years old boy. I have been actively engaged as an activist since I was in my teens. I have participated in and led numerous projects, many of which focused on grassroots communities including participants who have experienced racial, economic, structural oppression and other forms of discrimination. By experience working in community development and advocacy through creative arts, media and working non-hierarchical structures. The principles of Participatory Action Research have guided my work, and I believe in people’s ability to work together, learn through experience, reflect on those experiences, plant enough seeds to change the world for the better for everyone regardless of where you were born.
I set up INTISAAR, a new charitable organisation aiming to work with mental health, to pave the way for disadvantaged communities and those seeking asylum in the UK to access culture-appropriate counselling, mentoring, and creative therapies to support the process to connect and heal their minds. COVID-19 had a massive impact on these communities, and I was determined to provide a place where people can connect and share their loss. However, it is also essential for INTISAAR to work with all communities regardless of their background. COVID-19 is a global problem, and we need to grieve together and question the health inequality in our communities.
I came to the UK as a young refugee child to Brent, London. My experiences of being a refugee had impacted me in a way that made me want to help people, particularly young people.
I have an extensive experience working with young people in the voluntary sector and mainstream schools. I have facilitated and managed front line services and programmes for young people from marginalised backgrounds across London. Particular focuses have been on ensuring long term access to services that enhance young people’s psychosocial wellbeing. My goals are to continue to fight for the rights of young people to access services that will enhance their social development and help them in becoming positive members of society.
What we do
We pave the way for disadvantaged communities and those seeking asylum in the UK to access culture-appropriate counselling, mentoring and creative therapies to support the process to connect and heal their minds.
We invest time in developing people’s awareness of mental health, well-being and campaign against the stigma attached to seeking professional help and support with MENTAL ILLNESS amongst our communities.
Who we work with
INTISAAR works with all ages, especially with those here in the UK because of forced migration.