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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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…