Over the last few years, an abundance of apps focusing on mental health guidance and tools have sprung up. However, Nawal noticed a gap in the market with care specifically focusing on the Muslim community and their unique needs.
Noticing a gap in the market, she began designing and creating content for the app with the help of psychiatrist Dr Ahmed Hankir (Specialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). Together, they have developed a multi-week programme based on evidence-based therapeutic and faith-based approaches to treat symptoms of depression. Faith is incorporated into the app by offering example scenarios featuring Muslim characters or role models from Islam. Activities could include reciting certain prayers, quotes or stories from religious texts.
The next steps involve developing a prototype of the app, trialing it, and ensuring it meets health regulatory requirements.
How does Nawal see the app evolving over the next few years?