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The mission of Muslim Wellness Foundation is to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, addiction and trauma in the American Muslim community.
According to recent statistics, 1 in 4 American adults (approximately 61.5 million individuals) suffer from mental illness in any given year. Mental illness can be extremely debilitating, impacting ones ability to function effectively either at work or school, engage in satisfying relationships, and even perform basic daily activities.
For those experiencing a mental health challenge, stigma acts as a significant barrier to seeking the help that is needed. In the American Muslim community, mental health challenges are just as common, yet stigma stemming from cultural and religious beliefs lead many to feel that they must suffer in silence. We are raising awareness about this important issue through dialogue, education and training. We are bringing together imams/religious leaders, community members and mental health professionals to engage in frank and open discussions about misconceptions, fear and shame associated with mental illness and counseling.
Learn more about one of our key initiatives:
Mental Health First Aid for Imams, Leaders and Community Members
Since 2012, Muslim Wellness Foundation has offered this important training in various communities around the country. To date, we have certified almost 200 American Imams and community members as Mental Health First Aiders ~ and this number continues to grow!
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a full day course that teaches you how to help individuals developing a mental illness or experiencing a crisis such as a panic attack or suicidal thoughts. It offers concrete tools and answers key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?”
What are people saying about Mental Health First Aid?
“This discussion helps Imams deal with many depressed individuals in the community with better understanding and care.”
~ Imam Mohammad Elahi, Islamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn, MI
“I am so happy that to have been able to take this training! I wish I had this knowledge a long time ago. It really helps as I work with people in the community to identify the signs and symptoms of mental health and to address those issues in a holistic and compassionate way…The Mental Health First Aid training, I highly recommend it for anyone involved in Islamic Sciences or counseling members of the Muslim community. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”
~Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Seeker’s Guidance
Would you like to bring this training to YOUR community?
Contact: Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, M.Ed Founder of Muslim Wellness Foundation Certified MHFA Instructor (Adult and Youth version) firstname.lastname@example.org (267) 455-4357
*For more information on the training: www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
About Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad
Kameelah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and Masters degree in Psychological Services and a second Masters in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling (MRPYC) from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Kameelah has also obtained a post-Masters certificate in Family Therapy from the Philadelphia Child & Family Therapy Training Center. Kameelah is a certified instructor in Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid and a trained PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator. Kameelah is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (with a concentration in marriage and family therapy) at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.
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