Mohammad Awad is a Health and Psychology student working in mental health, striving to destigmatise mental health in diverse communities. A writer/artist/musician/poet who’s running out of ways to express himself. Published in an anthology series ‘Arab, Australian, Other’ among writers such as Sara Saleh and Randa Abdel-Fattah as well as The University of Sydney Student Anthology 'Diversity’. He has been featured in the Daily Telegraph, Honi-Soit magazine, and is a Bankstown Poetry Grand Slam finalist for three consecutive years. Mohammad is a NSW State finalist in 2019s Australian Poetry Slam, taking first place in Western Sydney finals. He has also featured for Word in Hand, Westside Slam, Enough Said Slam, White Ribbon events and Project Opinions, in addition to being featured on SBS Radio, Eastside Radio, 2SER and FBI Radio.
Starting at 18, he works as the youngest Peer Worker and Mental Health Worker in NSW Health history, conducted lectures at the University of Sydney on the importance of lived-experience in recovery-oriented practice and developed poetry therapy programs for acute mental health facilities in the state.