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


Our Purpose

The Institute for 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.



Ramadan Donation


This Ramadan, make a gift to support Muslim mental health professionals.


The state-issued shelter-in-place and the COVID-19 pandemic have led to many feeling anxious and depressed. The need for mental health professionals has never been more urgent and needed.

We are 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. We can’t achieve this without YOUR generous support!

Support mental health professionals care for the community by making a contribution today.

Our Services


Members of our organization have consulted and developed educational 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


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.


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.


The Institute for Muslim Mental Health proudly hosts a two-part webinar series in which scholars share their expertise with community members and mental health professionals, respectively.

Our Impact




June 6th, 2020

The Institute for Muslim Mental Health (IMMH) unequivocally denounces the systemic racism, anti-Black violence, and structural inequalities that have been embedded into the fabric of our nation since its founding....


Lamise Shawahin, PhD

By neonadmin | May 7, 2018

Lamise Shawahin is an exciting, emerging scholar focused on psychosocial resources of American Muslims. She is Palestinian-American who is passionate about social justice issues both locally and globally. She completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University, under the mentorship of Ayse Ciftci, PhD.

Khalil Center: Combining Faith and Science for Mental Health

By neonadmin | May 7, 2018

Khalil Center is a psychological and spiritual wellness center and initiative whose mission is to advance the professional practice of community mental healthcare inspired by the Islamic intellectual heritage. Khalil Center utilizes faith-based approaches rooted in Islamic theological concepts while integrating the modern science of psychology toward addressing psychological, spiritual and communal health. Khalil Center’s goal is to understand and address the widespread prevalence of social, psychological, familial and spiritual issues of American Muslim communities.

Suicide Prevention: A Community Approach

By neonadmin | May 7, 2018

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in America (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017).  According to the CDC, Americans attempt suicide 1.1 million times a year and a life is lost to suicide every 12.3 minutes. Suicide is  present within the Muslim  community. In an effort to address this issue, The Family & Youth Institute (FYI) developed community resources to help suicide attempt survivors, suicide loss survivors, those with suicidal ideation, and family and friends affected by suicide.  These suicide prevention and intervention resources include: 1) a community action guide, 2)  prevention infographics, 3) intervention infographics, 4) a toolkit and 5) a video by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention featuring Dr. Sawssan Ahmed, an FYI researcher.

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Get Involved

We need YOUR help to help achieve our vision.

There are several ways to get involved and support the work of the Institute for 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 assist 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.