Our work with Muslim communities
In 2014, in partnership with Suffolk Mind, we worked with local Muslim groups to learn how to meet their emotional and mental health needs in a culturally appropriate way.
The result was a new booklet, ‘The Qur’an and Emotional Health: an introduction’. The resource was used to engage Muslim communities and build capacity of mental health services at a local level. Nine local minds have been involved in this period:
- Mind BLMK (Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes)
- Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
- Dudley Mind
- Mind in Bradford
- Newport Mind
- Rochdale & District Mind
- Solent Mind
- Suffolk Mind (project partner, lead deliverer)
- York Mind
Based on a training resource we developed to accompany the booklet, their staff were trained and supported to deliver engagement events in their local communities.
Until now, there has been very little bringing mental health and Islam together in this format.
- Service manager working with Muslim communities
The Qur’an and Emotional Health
This booklet was co-produced with Islamic scholars, psychologists, Imams and practicing Muslims. Following precedents established in the Qur’an, the resource draws upon the rich heritage of Islamic psychology and modern knowledge of the Human Givens Approach to meet people's needs in a culturally appropriate manner.
It aims to help people find emotional wellbeing, and provide a useful reference for health and social care professionals seeking better understanding of how to work with people from Muslim communities.