Mental Health in the Middle East with Aya Alsaqaf


Feb 8 2021 • 41 mins

"When you're alone and don't have any action going on around you, you don't have anything to do. You just focus on yourself. That was the moment I dreaded the most because that was the moment that I had to battle my demons."

Aya Alsaqaf is a 19-year-old computer science student in Kuwait with the wisdom of a 90-year-old monk. She opens up about the taboos about mental health in the Middle East, how she has battled these taboos, the pressures of student life, and the strategies she uses on a daily basis to check in with herself.

Whether you're 20 like Aya, 37 like me, or in your fifth or sixth decade, this episode is for you. We have so much to learn from each other.