Mental Health and the Muslim World

  • Feb 22, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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The Muslim community in the United States is a growing yet the utilization of mental health services remains fairly low. Muslims in the United States are a minority group who face increasing religious, cultural, and ethnic discrimination. Do these facts fully explain the reason why services are not sought? Is it the stigma attached to mental illness in general or cultural ideas and norms?

Imams counsel their members across a wide range of difficulties. Some serious mental health needs exceed their expertise and greater clinical involvement is needed. Other occasions the distinction between mental and spiritual problems is not determined. Additionally, reluctance to make referrals is often centered in the belief that clinicians may not be perceptive to the religious values, seeing them as contradictory to the practice.

This discussion is concerned with bridging the gap between our community, those seeking help that most need it and the ideas, conditions and practices that prevent it.

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  • Jasmine H.

    I really wish I could hop down (I live in Boston now), but I am taking the GRE on Monday. My perspective stems from the fact that my mothers family has serious mental health issues. So we have tackled cultural competency, social/ Muslim stigma, and elder care issues in caring for my mom. Let me know if you guys decide on a follow up discussion. I am very interested in this topic and wish there were more discussions on it.

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • Alexandra

      Will try to have another discussion on it. Perhaps there could be a discussion on elder care issues, would you like to lead it since you have personal experience? I know there are a few others in the group who have had to deal with similar issues who might find it beneficial (or who are currently going through it)

      February 22, 2013

    • Jasmine H.

      Sure. How did yesterday go?

      February 23, 2013

  • Lionel B.

    Part II, please.

    February 22, 2013

  • Naeema

    Topic and location looks great, but i wish timing was better :(

    February 22, 2013

  • Ahmed

    Can I please pay at the door tomorrow ?

    February 21, 2013

    • Alexandra

      Sure, that's fine this time.

      February 21, 2013

  • Jasmine H.

    Who is leading this event? This is a topic near and dear to my heart!

    1 · February 1, 2013

    • Nadeyah S.

      Salaam Jasmine. I will be leading the discussion. That's great! Hope to see you there!

      February 6, 2013

    • Alexandra

      Nadeyah is a social worker in New Jersey and her grandfather was an imam, so she has a unique perspective on the matter. I've also asked that a couple other people with similar backgrounds attend.

      February 15, 2013

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