Ethnic Health Initiative
ISLAMIC PSYCHOLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
9TH June 2014 | London Conference
11TH June 2014 | Manchester Conference
Clients from Muslim backgrounds are increasingly using Mental Health and Psychological services in the West and can often present with varied explanatory models of mental distress and coping. Presentations may include expressions such as the 'aching heart' to denote depression or anxiety, spirit/jinn possession as causation of illness, the impact of 'evil-eye' on health and livelihood, the role of extended family, the community and 'Ruqyah', which is a relatively new phenomena in the UK and is referred to as a therapeutic intervention to re-connect one to traditional healing practices. Explanations may be underpinned by concepts and principles derived from the Quran and Hadith (prophetic sayings).
The current socio-political climate and the government's policies to combat Islamic extremism and terrorism may also give rise to an increasing sense of being under attack, hostility and lack of understanding, which can contribute to mental ill health and stress amongst the Muslim community. These experiences may well evoke feelings of anxiety, fear, stigma and discrimination.
This conference aims to explore and debate the critical perspectives, themes and concepts that underpin 'Muslim Psychology' and models of mental health and illness and consider how these might relate to 'mainstream' psychological and mental health services in the UK.
Click here to view programmes for the London and Manchester events, and to register: http://www.bmehealth.org/index.php
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