Promoting Muslim Americans' Mental Health  Through Research, Resource Development, Training & Advocacy

 

Our Purpose

The Institute of Muslim Mental Health is committed to optimizing the Muslim community’s emotional health and well being by mobilizing a network of mental health professionals to ensure all American Muslims have access to high quality resources.

Our model is to train and mobilize mental health professionals as well as generate scholarly research and knowledge to better serve the community.

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Our Services

Research

Members of our organization have consulted and developed education material for the Nathan Kline Research Institute, the National Alliance for Mental Health, the Islamic Society of North America, Lutheran Medical Center, Islamic Networks Group, and the Muslim Consultative Network.

Resource Development

Participate in monthly Work In Progress meetings to learn about research and design methods in MMH

Training

We have developed courses and models to train Imams, Islamic chaplains, and community leaders to recognize severe mental illness, refer to appropriate professionals, and offer basic supportive counseling.

Networking

Access to member interest groups to facilitate interaction between various professionals nationwide in the same field.

Professional Development

In collaboration with Yale School of Medicine, we are offering an online cultural competency program that offers 2.0 hours of continuing medical education credits.

Education

The Instiute of Muslim Mental Health proudly hosts a two part webinar series in which scholars share their expertise to community members and mental health professionals, respectively.

Our Impact

OF TRAININGS CONDUCTED
OF ARTICLES PUBLISHED
OF CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

Our Blog

Exploring the Darkness: Self-Harm and Drug Use in Muslim Youth

By neonadmin | September 1, 2019

Stigma surrounding mental health is something that every community deals with, even in this current day and age. These stigmas are even more pronounced in traditional religious communities where mental illness gets chalked up to supernatural entities. As a result, many individuals in Muslim communities, especially the youth, do not get the attention they need in order to properly and safely tackle mental health issues. Two issues that are relevant in the lives of many Muslim youth today are self-harm and substance abuse. These two issues, already a serious global health and medical problem affecting people of many backgrounds, are highly stigmatized within Muslim populations. This leads to a lack of self-reporting and subsequently, a lack of treatment for those harming themselves physically or through repeated drug use.

Mapping Muslim Mental Health Research Globally

By neonadmin | July 1, 2019

The global Muslim community continues to grow. By 2030, the Muslim population is expected to reach 2.2 billion of the world’s population. The gap in mental health care services is seen across communities, and a major part of the challenge is how to deliver culturally relevant care. For many Muslims, integrating spirituality and religious tradition is an integral part of maintaining emotional health. As such, limited but emerging Muslim mental health (MMH) literature is beginning to describe the emotional health needs and models of managing mental health care issues.

“Here For You” – Naseeha Mental Health

By neonadmin | July 1, 2019

For Naseeha Mental Health, ‘here for you’ is more than just a social media hashtag.  It reflects Naseeha’s nearly 15-year presence as the first line of contact for mental health services for the North American Muslim Community. 

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Get Involved

We need YOUR help to help achive our vision.

There are several ways to get involved and support the work of the Institute of Muslim Mental Health.

1) Professionals - Become a Member

2) Become a Champion - Donate and Support our Institute's work

3) Volunteer & Intern - We have several projects and programs for volunteers and interns to assit with, reach out to us to learn more!

Find a Therapist

If you are feeling disappointed, anxious, and/or worried about the current political climate in the U.S., then this may be a normal (and healthy) reaction. With time, perseverance, and positive action, things should get better.

This directory is a very useful tool to help people find a counselor, therapist, psychologist, and/or psychiatrist throughout North America.