Understanding Muslim Mental Health

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Understand the distinctive mental health experiences of Muslims

Poor mental health is a global problem and a leading cause of disability and premature death. Whilst faith can help to address mental health problems, it can also contribute to them. Additionally, the circumstances facing some Muslims can affect their mental health, e.g. refugee status.

Research shows that Muslims in Britain are under-referred to mainstream services for mental health problems. When they do access services, their rates of improvement are lower. Better awareness of Muslim experiences of mental health may lead to more effective support for Muslim communities.

This course has been designed for people who provide mental health support in Muslim communities as part of their professional practice. This includes practitioners such as mental health nurses, GPs, psychologists, police officers and social workers; and those providing pastoral care from a religious perspective, for example, imams and chaplains. People who have mental health problems, and their carers or families, may also access the course. The course is designed for a global audience, with a focus on the experiences of Muslims in a minority context and, in particular, Muslims in Britain. As an introductory course, no prior knowledge on either Islam and Muslims, or mental health care practice, will be assumed.