The nine local Minds held influence and participation events giving community members the opportunity to offer feedback on the booklet, which was overwhelmingly positive. As a result, we produced a national version of the booklet to help health and social care professionals engage with faith communities.
As part of the project, influence and participation activities largely took the form of public events. There is still a lot of misunderstanding about mental health among Muslim communities, so it was important to tackle this from a wider community perspective.
Holding public events and open discussions about mental health proved to be a great way to enable people from often hard-to-reach communities to influence and participate, because people may have struggled to come forward on their own due to fear of judgement from others.
The process allowed the project to genuinely meet the needs of Muslim communities. Those who were involved reported truly feeling part of an empowering organic process, and are enthusiastic about the results achieved by working together.
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