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Ayada's Corner

Public Safety

Getting to know Malaysia who is a part of our community and has a passion for Public Safety and works in the Civil Rights department for the city of Minneapolis, MN. You can find Malaysia on LinkedIn at Malaysia Abdi.

Happy Women's Month

Women's History Month is held each March to recognize the many, and often under-appreciated, achievements of women throughout history. Ayada's Corner this month features Sagal with Habon Abdulle, Ayada Leads Founder and Executive Director.

Ayada's Corner - Mental Health

This month on Ayada's Corner Sagal chats with Muna Mohamed, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). They talk about mental health in the midst of a global pandemic, how to identify psychological issues, and the importance of culturally competent therapy. Muna tells us how to find services through resources like using, getting referrals from your primary care doctor, or accessing help through school counselors. They discuss warning signs for mental health issues, like lowered productivity, functionality, and concentration, as well as increased isolation and feelings of hopelessness. If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health issue, know you are not alone and help is available. For more information on Muna, check out her work with Behavioral Health Alliance. https://www.behavioralhealthalliance....

Conversation about calling the cops, family disputes.

We have Khadra Mohamed and Mohamud Ibrahim who are part of the Somali American Police Association and are here to chat about why or why not Somali parents should call the cops on their kids and the resources available. Here is the number for the SAPA for further information. (612) 886-7210

Black Future History Month

February is Black Future History Month, the time when Americans pause to acknowledge the contributions made by the Black community throughout history. Our Black History Month celebration this year includes sharing various books. The titles on this list cover everything from activism to fiction to memoir to self-help and beyond. Not only will you leave informed and inspired, but you will also learn how to turn that knowledge into action.

Ayada's Corner - Substance Abuse

This month in Ayada's Corner, we had the opportunity to talk about addiction and substance abuse with ZamZam Ahmed, a community leader and recovery advocate. The addiction crisis continues to have devastating effects in East African communities. The exact number of overdoses is hard to track, because addiction has long been a source of shame in East African communities, where youth overdoses are often masked as heart attacks or unexplainable deaths. Sagal and ZamZam talk about stigma, and give real advice on how to cope with addiction–both as a personal issue or on behalf of a loved one. Substance abuse impacts and costs the individual, the family, and the community in significant, measurable ways including, but not limited to: loss of productivity and unemployability, impairment in physical and mental health, reduced quality of life, increased crime, increased family violence,  and abuse and neglect of children. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse: you are not alone. Here are some resources to get help today: - Niyyah Recovery Initiative: - Substance Abuse Explainer in English & Somali: https://www.healthinfotranslations.or...

Ramadan Mubarak 1443 2022

Ramadan started at sundown on Saturday, April 2, and ends with Eid al-Fitr on Monday, May 2. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month in which the Quran is believed to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The month of Ramadan is one of the holiest times of the year for Muslims. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan commemorates the revelation of Islam's holy scripture, the Qur'an, and Muslims fast from food and drink during the daylight hours as a way of drawing closer to God and cultivating self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate.

Ayada's Corner - Mental Health II

In December on Ayada's Corner Sagal talked with Lul Haji-Mohamed, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and founder of Bridging The Gap Behavioral Health PLLC. Among the topics discussed were the links between mental health and addiction, as well as the need of culturally competent therapy.

Ayada's Corner - Rent Control

This month on Ayada's Corner Zaynab talks about rent control with special guest Qannani Omar, a housing organizer with the Harrison Neighborhood Association. HNA, along with Ayada Leads, are coalition partners with Minneapolis United for Rent Control, an advocacy group demanding strong rent control policy. Thanks to their work, and the efforts of other partners, rent control is on the ballot for all Minneapolis and St. Paul voters. Zaynab and Qannani talk about the struggles renters currently face, including the hardships of practicing Muslims and young people. As rents continue to increase, renters find it increasingly unsustainable to keep up, and feel disillusioned at the broken system. But, hope is not lost. Specifically in Minneapolis, we are calling on voters to vote YES on Question 3, which would give the Minneapolis City Council permission to regulate private rents. With continued pressure and advocacy, effective and just rent control can be a reality in Minneapolis. For more information on Minneapolis United for Rent Control: To view your sample ballot, check out the MN Secretary of State website:

Ayada's Corner - The Delta Variant

Ayada's Corner is a new series of videos by Ayada Leads which covers issues that matter to our community. This video covers the COVID-19 Delta Variant: what you need to know about the variant, about the vaccine, and how you can protect your family. Covid-19 Delta Variant Awareness: What do we know about the Delta Variant? - The World Health Organization has reported that as of today, the Delta variant has been reported in 96 countries and expects that the Delta variant will continue to spread. - According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the Delta variant spreads twice as easily from one person to another. - The delta variant is the most contagious version of the coronavirus we've seen so far, accounting for about 95% of current cases in Minnesota. 

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