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Caring for Minds Behind Bars: The Role of the Muslim Chaplain

August 20, 2018

In theory, the line between mental illness and spiritual needs is clear; however, not many things are clear in a prison setting. As a Muslim chaplain in the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC), I am faced with inmates that have clear mental health needs. Fortunately, inmates with mental health issues are often identified by the…

Understanding Psychotherapy: How to Find the Right Practitioner and Beyond

July 5, 2018

Primary health care providers and patients alike are increasingly recognizing the positive role that psychotherapy can play in wellness. At the same time, it can sometimes be challenging to locate appropriate psychotherapeutic services. Whether you’re facing a rough moment or know someone who is, finding the right mental health practitioner is one of the first…

Ramadan, Mental Health, and The Spiritual Path

June 4, 2018

I hadn’t seen her in a few months.  She admitted she had run out of her medication, and had taken a few impulsive and extravagant trips to Florida and Las Vegas, where she ‘let herself go’ and relived the party life she had given up only a year before.  My patient had a long history…

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Narcissism Normalized

March 19, 2018 |

The normalization of narcissism has become a prevalent issue in society, one commonly displayed in a positive light in the media. Our culture celebrates athletes whose trash-talking and declarations of being “the best” are coded as “swag” as well as high-powered, overpaid executives whose grandiose behavior is framed as bold.  Until recently, politicians fixated on…

The IMMH Experience

March 12, 2018 |

Ahead of the 10th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference, graduate student Samira Choudhury shares her experience working with IMMH: I was introduced to the work of the Institute of Muslim Mental Health during their 2016 Annual Conference. It was my first glimpse of the diverse, passionate community of helpers who have been pioneering into innovative and…

Five Findings from the 2017 Pew Report

January 15, 2018 |

  The Pew Research Center study “U.S. Muslims Concerned About Their Place in Society, but Continue to Believe in the American Dream” focused on a wide variety of topics concerning American Muslims in the context of Trump’s presidential campaign and his initial months in office. Five findings of the 198-page report are particularly relevant for…

10th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

December 14, 2017 |

Out of the Shackles: Pursuit of Civil Justice in the Face of Psychological Trauma March 15-17, 2018 Washington, DC United States Institute of Peace The number of hate crimes, bullying, and microaggressions American Muslims experience is drawing increasing attention. Scholarly research on the subject began long before the recent political rhetoric and even before 9/11. However, the…

Supporting Victims of Spiritual Abuse

December 11, 2017 |

Knowing how best to advocate and work with clients who have been subjected to harassment and abuse can be a weighty and difficult task. It may seem even harder when those responsible for the abuse are trusted spiritual or religious authority figures whom our clients look to for guidance and support. When a client walks…

Resources for Muslim Youth

June 25, 2017 |

Living in the digital age with a 24-hour news cycle and global political unrest makes it difficult for teenagers to unplug when tragedies occur. It can be tough for youth to emotionally distance themselves from certain events especially if it feels like their identities are under attack. Young people today also face new challenges when…

9th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference

April 12, 2017 |

APRIL 13-14, 2017  300 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing MI 48823 The Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference brings together faith leaders, health care providers, and researchers to examine topics related to mental health across the American Muslim community.  Participants can expect to hear relevant speeches by keynote speakers, scholarly research presentations, and panel discussions. 2017 Muslim Mental…

Call for Papers

April 12, 2017 |

The Journal of Muslim Mental Health is a much-needed resource for professionals seeking to identify and explore the mental health care needs of Muslims in all areas of the world. This peer-reviewed academic journal is the first of its kind. Serving as a foundational element, the journal established itself through the collaboration with Taylor &…

I Am Your Psychiatrist, Not Your Sheikh

April 11, 2017 |

Let’s face it, being a Muslim mental health professional isn’t always easy. We often times deal with stigma from all around – from within the community, from society and from in the masjid. We may share a common desire to provide care, healing and hope to the mentally ill members  of our very own Muslim…

Syria's Children: Mental Health Implications 6 years on

March 13, 2017 |

The Syrian crisis has entered its seventh year. The country that once birthed the cradle of civilization is destroyed to a great extent and will likely never be the same. 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid – 5.8 million of which are children. Meanwhile, more than half a million Syrians have been…