What is Mental Health?
- Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health does not only affect the way we think, feel, and act but also how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
- Mental health is not limited to emotional problems. For instance, if a couple is having difficulty getting along; if parents and kids are having trouble seeing eye to eye; or if a person is underperforming at school or work; then a counsellor or therapist may be able to help guide the person to resolving their problems.
- Whether mental health is caused by biological factors, life experiences, or family history, it is important to know that help is available.
What Are Some Misconceptions About Mental Health In The Muslim Community?
- Mental health as a taboo subject in the Muslim community leads to embarrassment and fear for the members of the community who do have Mental illness. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed so that those suffering can get the help needed.
- Another misconception in the Muslim community is that mental health is associated with being “non-religious” or “not religious enough.” Many factors may contribute to the development of mental health issues, so it is not fair to oversimplify multifactorial medical conditions this way because it dismisses the potential role of mental health professionals in helping.
- Many Muslims believe that today's mental health issues are tests from God and therefore are not addressed.
- A Non-Muslim mental health professional is going to impose their beliefs on you and is going to undermine your Islamic beliefs. The professional and ethical obligations of all mental health professionals are to respect your religious values and beliefs. If Islam and/or your spirituality is an important factor in your life, you should have an open discussion with your therapist or counsellor.
- As with any profession, you may like some counsellors better than others. If you have or had a bad experience with a counsellor and therapist, there are literally thousands of other counsellors you can turn to and may offer a better experience.
“And for those who fear Allah, He always prepares a way out, and He provides for him from sources he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.” (Quran, 65: 2-3)
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- Mind in Tower Hamlets & Newham: 13 Whitethorn Street, London E3 4DA - Phone: 020 7510 1081 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Website: http://www.mithn.org.uk
- Assessment and Brief Treatment Team: East Ham Memorial Building, 1st/2nd Floors, 298 Shrewsbury Road, East Ham, London E7 8QP - Tel: 020 3288 5100