Updated: Jan 27

Being an ExMuslim in Bangladesh is horrible. First your parents stop loving you, family members belittle you, friends make fun of you and insult you. No one appreciated me being an atheist.

I used to feel very down and negative about life. I thought my life was coming to an end. I would get flashbacks of my traumatic experiences. At times I felt like to killing myself and putting an end to the suffering. My mental health was really bad, due to my depression, I wasn't getting better physically.

After my sessions with Free Hearts Free Minds, now I'm feeling better. I'm thinking about a bright future. I want to feel like doing something productive. I have a positive mindset to do something with my life, I can't let it go to waste. My mental and physical health are ok and getting better gradually.

So many things changed, before I would get anxiety and fear. Now I'm replacing them with positive thoughts. I started seeing possible opportunities whereas few months back I felt like I'm trapped in a dark place. The experience is making me more strong, giving me strength to do something for fellow people like me.

Updated: Jan 27


I'm Ama-Gi from Iraq, and here I share my experience with Jimmy Bangash from Free Hearts Free Minds.

Before starting my sessions with Jimmy I wasn't only suicidal, I was, in some sense, manipulative. I would bombard people who care about me with messages about torturing and/or killing myself. Something I tried many times before. I would refuse facing facts about myself, my attitude and my behavior.

Jimmy worked with me to not consider suicide as an option.

I want to put it simply here; from suicidal thoughts, self-isolation, hatred for everyone and myself, to re-realizing life, re-accepting it as it is, and going back again to the world and starting to make friendships, starting to focus on myself again.

I'm at a point where I can't really believe all we have achieved...

I'm not totally back yet but I'm more back than I'd hoped for.

I hope to continue my therapy one day.

Before starting, I was feeling all alone confused and broken. I felt like life was not worth living. Everywhere seemed to be spinning. I wanted to run and hide but there was nowhere to hide. I was constantly on sleeping pills just so I can pass through the day and not have to go through these feelings that turned me almost crazy.

But after my coaching, I am now able to handle situations better, I have a better understanding of why I feel a certain way and I am able to consider the other person’s feelings and not be too selfish making everything about me. I have come to accept that there are times I will go through difficulties, a phase that will eventually go away. I feel more in control of my emotions and am also able to not let things I can’t control take over me. I worry less about other people’s opinions of me and am even more confident in presenting my authentic self.

Communication with my partner has definitely changed. I am more welcoming in our conversation and not too quick to judge, for that reason my partner is able to open up a bit more. And I have never been happier raising my kids.

In general I learned to love and accept myself and not beat myself up when things go bad, instead be kind to me, everyone involved and even kinder towards the situation. I have learnt to handle anger nicely that’s for sure. A constant reminder I give myself is this fact that not everyone will accept me and my ways, and that too is ok. There is definitely a sense of peace within me.

I am happy I went through this experience exactly the way I went through it and wouldn’t change a thing.

Thank you Free hearts Free Minds for coming to my rescue and for an amazing experience.

Lubna. Nigeria

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