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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. 

Join us from the Ismaili Centre, London, on Friday 26 April to learn about the work of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), and their efforts to improve the habitat and resilience of communities in South and Central Asia. Mr Onno Ruhl’s presentation will focus on the strategy and approach of AKAH with real life case studies, providing a glimpse into the agency’s work in action. The event is expected to begin at 8:30 PM BST and will be webcast at the.ismaili/live.

Dr Karen Armstrong will speak about the role of compassion in our world today.

Dr Karen Armstrong, an internationally acclaimed scholar and best-selling author of numerous books on religion, will deliver an Ismaili Centre International Lecture at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai. Dr Armstrong will speak about the Charter of Compassion which she launched with religious leaders globally. The charter has over two million signatures and brings to light the reason and urgency of practising compassion in a polarised world. 

The address will be webcast at the.ismaili/live on Saturday 22 September 2018 at 7 PM Gulf Standard Time.

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.

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.

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