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Mental health can be defined as ‘a state of wellbeing in which an individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.’

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week in the United Kingdom, while May represents Mental Health Month in the United States. The occasion provides an ideal opportunity to ask and understand what mental health actually is, and to explore some of the existing perceptions around it. 

Ismaili athlete Romikhudo Dodikhudoev will represent Tajikistan at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Muboraksho Guljonov

Romikhudo Dodikhudoev is Tajikistan's only athlete at the 2016 Paralympic Games, which opens in Rio today. He will compete in the Men’s 100 metre and 400 metre races and wants his participation in the Games to be a source of hope for all people with disabilities in his country.

Princess Zahra with the Vice Speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament, Asiya Sasykbaeva, and a student of the Aga Khan School in Osh cutting a 10th Anniversary cake for the school in the presence of Kyrgyz government and Osh civic officials.

Princess Zahra was in the Kyrgyz Republic on Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Aga Khan School in Osh. Established in 2002, the school provides close to 500 students with quality learning experiences in an environment which values diversity and responds creatively to the educational needs of children.

Eating at the table with your children instils healthy habits.

When was the last time your family sat down and enjoyed a meal together? Rounding up the family for an evening meal can appear to be an impossible task; however, research shows that eating together can benefit the whole family, particularly children and teenagers.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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