As an imam and chaplain, everyday I counsel Muslims who share their heartbreaking stories about depression, anxiety, grief, abuse,and a number of other topics that our community can have a tendency to stigmatize or ignore.
In my recent Ramadan Reflection for the Huffington Post
, I wrote: "The Muslim community hasn't always been the best about dealing with...mental health. In the United States at least, aside from a masjid in most cities, there is an absence of other much-needed organizations and social services. Mental health and counseling have been taboo at best for many years.
American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is a vanguard institution with regard to filling this void in the arena of Muslim mental health. Just a few examples of their groundbreaking work include:
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- Matters of the Mind, a national webinar series on understanding trauma and youth resilience in the face of alienation and discrimination
- Mental Health First Aid, a training for 25 imams and chaplains in the D.C. area to identify mental illness and substance use disorders and be first responders to mental health crises
- SAMHSA Toolkit, a compilation of prayers, hadiths and Qur'anic verses that assist in coping with grief and bereavement to be included in the National Suicide Prevention Toolkit developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
AMHP is elevating the discussion about mental health and the Islamic faith and addressing a serious need that I have encountered firsthand in our community. In these last blessed days of Ramadan, I urge you to support their critical work. Make a donation online today.
With prayers for peace and health,
Imam Khalid Latif
University Chaplain | New York University
Executive Director | Islamic Center at New York University
Department Chaplain/Inspector | NYPD
AMHP's hope is to rise to the task of fulfilling our civic responsibilities as Muslim health professionals in improving the health and well-being of the communities we live in. With newly emerging needs and much work that lies ahead, we rely on support from individuals like you to make this happen. We hope you will make a contribution during this blessed month of Ramadan. You may either donate directly online http://www.amhp.us/donate or mail a check payable to American Muslim Health Professionals to:
2118 Plum Grove Road #201
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
As a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, all donations made to AMHP are tax deductible. For more information about AMHP and its activities, please visit www.amhp.us or email email@example.com.
Thank you all for your continued support, and may God reward you abundantly. Have a healthy and blessed Ramadan!
AMHP ANNUAL NETWORKING LUNCHEON
Fundamental to the work of American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) has been empowering the next generation of thinkers, leaders, and practitioners. To this end, we are thrilled to host our Annual Networking Luncheon for health professionals and students during the 51st Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention
over Labor Day weekend in Detroit, MI.
The event will be held Sunday August 31st, 2014 12:00PM – 3:00PM
EDT and will feature guest speakers Lisa M. Carr
, Associate Director of the Partnership Center at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
and Dr. Rami Nashashibi, PhD
, Executive Director, Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN).
Tickets now available HERE
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