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Assalamu alaykum,

Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family!

Two young women and a young man reached out to me around the same time, not knowing one another but all three were victims of sexual abuse at a very young age. All three were told not to speak about it with anyone so each ended up holding it inside for quite some time. I have been approached by many Muslims dealing with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, suicidal tendency, mental health disorders, theological issues and much more. What continues to stand out from these conversations is the need for the American Muslim community to build institutions that address mental health challenges and work to reduce stigma surrounding these issues.

American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is one such institution that seeks to raise awareness about mental health issues. Just last month, AMHP coordinated an informative webinar in partnership with the Family and Youth Institute and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on reducing mental health stigma in our community. This conversation was important in shedding light on the various ways in which we can help our loved ones seek the help and treatment they need. Another very important Mental Health initiative that AMHP is executing is its Muslim Youth Identity (MYI) events. The first MYI event was launched in Washington, D.C. last year. A recording of the event can be found here. AMHP will hold similar TED-style events in various cities. The main objective of the event is to highlight the stories of Muslim youth as they discuss their experiences combating stereotypes and forming their identities in the midst of prejudice and discrimination.

AMHP is also tackling a number of other serious needs in the community such as creating resources for Muslims with a disability (EnabledMuslim) and connecting Muslims to health coverage. In these blessed days of Ramadan, I urge you to support their critical work in advocating for minorities and advancing the health of underserved communities. Make a contribution of $100, $500, $1,000 or any amount you choose at the link here or mail a check payable to AMHP to 2118 Plum Grove Rd. #201, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Your tax-deductible donation is deeply appreciated and will help ensure AMHP's future as a longstanding institution.

With prayers for peace and health, was-salaam 'alaykum,

Imam Khalid Latif
University Chaplain, Global Spiritual Life at NYU 
Executive Director, The Islamic Center at NYU 
Senior Fellow & Co-Founder, Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership
Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU Wagner
 
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AMHP Community Blog

The Elephant in the Room: Reducing Mental Health Stigma in our Community Via Imam Khalid Latif
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The individuals who reach out to me are both male and female, old and young, with diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. What they share in common is the search for someone to talk to — most of them are finding a hard time finding that person.​

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Upcoming Events
Thank you to all those who joined us this past weekend for our Washington, D.C. and Atlanta Iftars. We are making our way to Chicago, New York City and Houston. This Ramadan, join us and support AMHP’s programs for Connecting Muslims to Health Coverage, EnabledMuslim (Disability Awareness), and Mental Health. 

Chicago – Saturday, June 18th, 2016 Registration
New York City – Friday, June 24th, 2016 Registration
Houston – Friday, June 24th, 2016 Registration

Visit www.amhp.us/events for guest speakers and venue information. Special accommodations and sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Iman Jandali at ijandali@amhp.us or at (510) 914-8935. 

Won't be able to attend? You can still show your support by simply forwarding this email to a friend, family member or colleague or by making a donation online. AMHP is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
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