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It’s time to break the stigma surrounding mental health and talk about what we can do better as individuals and as a community! Mental illness is not understood or given the same respect as many medical illnesses even though the effects are very real. You’ll learn about common misconceptions and historical contributions of Muslims to the field of psychology. We’ll also discuss common factors that contribute to poor mental health and what you can do to help reduce the stigma and increase mental health literacy!

This is not your average power-point presentation! This interactive workshop is jam-packed with exciting ways to interact with the information – such as live polling, infographics, videos, and most importantly, time with an expert in the field of mental health!

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Why The FYI

The FYI is a national research and education institute focusing on Muslim mental health and family wellness. Our mission is to strengthen and empower individuals, families, and communities through mental health research and education. The Family and Youth Institute has also designed a vibrant and meaningful range of workshops, lectures, and presentations on topics within our four focus areas related to youth, marriage, parenting, and mental health!

Outline/Overview of Program:

Day 1 – Mental Health 101 (1 hr)

Many members of the Muslim community are quietly suffering from mental health issues. While the effect is real, mental illness is not understood or given the same respect as many medical illnesses. This lecture highlights common misconceptions surrounding mental health and presents the historical contributions of Muslims to the field of psychology. Common factors that contribute to poor mental health will be identified. Finally, ideas on how to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and ways to increase mental health literacy will be presented.

Day 2 – Islam, Mental Health, and Misconceptions (4 hr)

This 4-hour in-depth interactive workshop is on the importance of Mental Health awareness and support. Members of our communities are silently suffering from mental illness. These individuals often do not seek help due to stigma, lack of knowledge, and/or resources related to mental health resulting in a negative impact on their lives and families. The FYI’s Mental Health workshop will provide research and clinically based information to increase participants’ awareness of mental health by (1) presenting accessible and accurate mental health education on anxiety, depression, and suicide and (2) intervention and prevention strategies at the individual, family, school and community levels.

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Target Audience

This workshop is curated for a variety of audiences. The target audience includes, but is not limited to: Community members, organization/masjid leadership, parents, and youth.




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Possible Speakers


Rafee Al-Mansur

Sameera Ahmed

Maryum Khwaja

Duaa Haggag

Rafee Al-Mansur