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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. 

“If a door hasn’t opened, you haven’t kicked it hard enough”, said Obaid-Chinoy as she talked about her career as a documentary filmmaker and journalist.  During a moderated conversation with Ahad Lakhani, Obaid-Chinoy shared her passion for human rights, women’s issues, the disenfranchised and marginalized.

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.

Sheila Manji, Michael Kocher and Naguib Kheraj take questions from the audience at the Ismaili Centre, London. Ismaili Council for the UK / Inaara Somani

Michael Kocher, General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation and Sheila Manji, AKF Early Childhood Development specialist, spoke at the Ismaili Centre, London on 26 November 2015 about the Foundation’s role within the AKDN, its unique approach to poverty alleviation and their work across the world in early childhood development.

Guests attend a suhour at the Ismaili Centre Dubai that was jointly organised by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Canadian Embassy to the UAE. Ismaili Council for the UAE

Dubai, 7 July 2015 — Dignitaries and ambassadors from across the United Arab Emirates gathered at the Ismaili Centre for a suhour and a look at how culture can be a springboard for development. The event was jointly hosted by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Canadian Embassy.

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