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Our friend Nimo was so creative and generous

22 November, 2019

Nimo Younis

• WE are friends of Nimo Younis who attended an inquest into her death which ended on Monday, (Tears as coroner pays tribute to the friends who helped Islington artist, November 22).

There are many things that could be said of Nimo, as she was such a kind, loving, charismatic, creative, and generous person. She was also unusually insightful and intelligent, a true original!

Her energy was infectious and enigmatic and she impacted people with her passion for life wherever she went. She made the world her friend. Everyone would say of Nimo that “she had a heart of gold”.

During her life she accomplished many things – she was an artist, poet and personal trainer. Although she herself battled with depression she often advocated on behalf of other people who were in a similar position to ensure their needs were taking care of.

Nimo managed to overcome many difficulties incurred in her early life. She survived the war in Somalia but was orphaned, having lost her mother and then later her grandmother.

Finding herself completely alone she had to fend for herself living on the streets and experiencing many traumatic incidents. She arrived in London through the Red Cross in 1997, reuniting her with family in the UK.

Although she would have recurring episodes of illness directly related to her traumatic childhood, through her tenacity she transcended them, transforming her life, and others around her, with unrelenting resilience and positivity.

She dedicated her life to assisting others through her work as a personal trainer. She was very proud of her job, doing exercise referral for Aquaterra, working with people with physical illness to help them back into every-day activities.

She had a phenomenal work ethic and brought compassion, joy and laughter into training sessions, aiding her clients to live full and enriching lives through care of their bodies.

Being a personal trainer came as natural to her and gave her a zest for life. And because of her own journey she had much compassion and understanding of the challenges her clients faced and was able to reach the most closed and vulnerable people and get everyone to participate.

During her working life as a personal trainer she received many testimonials thanking her for improving their lives – assisting many to quit smoking, take up exercise more regularly, learn how to correctly balance exercise with healthy food and turn their lives around.

She was an inspiration and very appreciated, loved and admired.

For us it is a travesty that someone so great should meet their death so tragically, especially as it transpires that perhaps if the two corresponding bodies which were in the duty of care, the police and the mental health services, had better communicated, the urgent need to intervene would have been actioned much sooner.

There were 22 hours to save our precious Nimo and a lot of time was wasted deciding who (the NHS or police) would be responsible to locate her prior to her suicide.

Nimo communicated that she was contemplating suicide and was in great need hours before it occurred and we definitely feel that this could have been prevented had the bodies (hospital and police) acted with more urgency.

Towards the final months of her life Nimo had very much overcome many of these challenges and it was felt by us, her chosen family, Nicolette Webber, Jess Parish and Emma Southby, and her psychologist, Abi Herbert, that Nimo would pull through.



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