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What is the relationship between religion and mental health?

Dr Yusuf outlines how religion might impact on mental health for Muslims.

In this video, Dr Yusuf addresses the important question: ‘how does religion impact mental health?’

Drawing on his own professional experiences, Dr Yusuf explains why, for some people, religion is an important factor for their mental health and wellbeing.

Religion can represent people’s deepest and most cherished beliefs, and the ways in which they make sense of their lives and experiences. Therefore, to understand how best to support people who follow a religion, practitioners will find it useful to understand the role that religious practices and beliefs play in their lives.

We are reminded that religion can be a sensitive topic and Dr Yusuf recommends that practitioners create ‘spaces’ where those who need mental health support feel comfortable to talk about what their religion means to them.

Over to you

How can ‘safe spaces’ be created for people to talk about their mental health and their religion? Can you share with other learners how you achieve this when you provide mental health support?

As well as sharing your response below, perhaps include your response and any considerations in your reflective diary.

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