Imams play a central role in providing guidance to ensure the spiritual, physical and mental well-being of community members. As trusted community leaders, Imams can play a significant role in promoting mental health awareness, reducing stigma, and providing support to those who are struggling with mental health issues. This workshop is designed to provide Imams with the knowledge and skills they need to support their community members in maintaining good mental health. Imams are first responders, and can be helpful in ensuring that community members in need are referred to trained mental health professionals.
In this workshop, Imams will learn:
- The basics of mental health and common mental health issues.
- Common mental health issues: Discussing common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- How to recognize warning signs of mental health issues in community members.
- How to make your masjid or office a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals with mental health issues through inclusive language, staff training, policies and procedures, and fostering a culture of acceptance
- Strategies for reducing stigma surrounding mental health in the Muslim community.
- The importance of self-care for Imams and the congregation.
- How to collaborate with mental health professionals and make appropriate referrals.
- Crisis intervention strategies and suicide prevention.
This workshop will be led by mental health professionals with expertise in Islamic counseling.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in group discussions to share their experiences and learn from each other.
By the end of this workshop, Imams will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to promote mental health awareness, reduce stigma, and provide support to those who are struggling with mental health issues in their communities