Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Mental health problems are a pressing global concern and the leading cause of disability and premature death. According to the mental health foundation one in four people experience mental health problems each year, while faith can help to address mental health problems it can also contribute to them. Additionally the particular circumstances facing some Muslims can affect their mental health for example islamophobia or refugee status, like the general population Muslims can suffer from common mental health problems such as depression. Research shows that Muslims in Britain are under referred to mainstream services for mental health problems, and when Muslims do access services their rates of improvement are lower.
Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds We believe that through gaining a better understanding of the mental health experiences of Muslims it is possible to provide them with more effective support. In this introductory course we will explore some of the distinctive ways in which Muslims experience mental health, and consider how this understanding might improve care the course will benefit anyone who provides support for mental health problems in Muslim communities.
Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds We will explore Muslim world views and some of the contextual factors such as ethnicity and gender that can help us to understand diverse experiences of mental health among Muslims. We will learn about how mental health is understood in Islam and by Muslims and consider how this compares to western models of mental health, we will then take a closer look at how mental health conditions are experienced within Muslim communities with a specific focus on depression dementia addiction and OCD.
Skip to 2 minutes and 5 seconds We will discuss what recovery from mental health problems means contrasting healthcare and Islamic or Muslim perspectives, finally we will think about how we can use these understandings to provide more effective support for Muslims. Join the team of experts from the Islam UK centre Cardiff university who have developed this course and signed up now to begin this journey to understanding Muslim mental health.