Read part 3 Many people feel that praying regularly and consistently will make everything better. It is definitely recognised that praying can help and spirituality has an important role in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Spirituality helps people understand their interpretation of the meaning of life and provides a sense of connection to … Continue reading Misconcpetions on Mental Health in the Muslim Community: Myth 4 Praying will fix Mental Illness
Read Myth 2 And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful[Quran 4:29] Suicide is something that is considered a sin in many religions, Islam included. In Islam thinking about committing an action is not the same as carrying out that action “Allah says to the angels: If my … Continue reading Misconceptions on Mental Health in the Muslim Community: Myth 3 “Suicidal thoughts take you out of Islam”
Read Part 1 Connect Building connections is vital for wellbeing. Building good relationships with friends, family and the wider community can make you feel happier and valued. If you are a spiritual person with a belief in God then focusing on and developing your connection with God can also help your wellbeing and help you … Continue reading Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Muslim Community Part 2: Ways to Wellbeing
Read Myth 1: Mental Illness is due to lack of faith Family and friends can sometimes compare their experiences to the experiences of someone facing mental health difficulties. They may feel that they have been through worse and had to cope and carry on, so there is no need for a person with ill health … Continue reading Misconceptions on Mental Health in the Muslim Community: Myth 2 “You’ve got nothing to be depressed about”
Spirituality is described as a personal connection with or belief in something bigger then oneself and religion is described as the formal, institutional and outward expressions of one’s relationship to spirituality. Such as the Islamic practices of prayer and fasting and connected beliefs. There have been many studies which show a positive link between … Continue reading Promoting Positive Mental Health in The Muslim Community: Part 1
Here are some great books for younger teens that portray different identities and cover difficult themes such as islamophobia, racism, mental health, asylum seekers and war in an acessible way. These books can be used by teachers within the classroom to stimulate discussion and empathy amongst students. We reccommend parents to read together with their … Continue reading Resilient Me Book List: Part 1 (9-12 years)
People who are suffering from anxiety, depression or other types of Mental Illness can often be told that this is due to their lack of faith and trust in Allah. Some think that if a person truly believed in qadr (predestination) and Allah’s جل جلاله power over all things then they wouldn’t be anxious or depressed.