Welcome to the first edition of Bridges, the Institute of Muslim Mental Health’s official newsletter. Bridges is a collaborative platform bringing minds and research together to strengthen mental health care for Muslim communities. Through sharing our insights and concerns with a growing field of colleagues, we hope to cultivate resources to help our clients and to nourish our communities.
The diversity of Muslim communities is a resource we hope to tap into through highlighting topics and perspectives in Muslim mental health that generate thoughtful dialogue and inquiry. By inviting experienced voices from the many dimensions that converge into mental health–such as biological, psychological and sociological contexts–each issue of Bridges will offer readers opportunities to learn about what others are doing in the field and how current challenges are being approached.
Every Bridges issue should encourage readers to consider working collaboratively with colleagues and students in the field, to deepen understanding of present challenges, and to prompt creative solutions toward healing our communities.
We hope you enjoy reading our first issue. We encourage you to submit your suggestions for topics and authors for future issues. And most importantly, we invite you to participate in this effort by sharing your efforts and helping us build bridges together toward a healthier society.
With Warmest Thanks,
Samira Choudhury, Bridges Editor
Samira Choudhury is a graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology specializing in Trauma & Crisis Intervention. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Samira gained an interest in working with under-resourced and marginalized communities. She is currently interning at Center on Halsted’s Behavioral Health Services for LGBTQ youth and adults.