Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm with glad tidings and do not repulse them.Prophet MohammadIf you find yourself reading this post, it may be because you feel a connection towards mental health in some form. Whether this connection is through your own personal experience or due to the experience of someone that you love, mental health is something that affects each and every one of us. This feeling of universality, of going through this very human experience called life together, helps us in the healing process of any issue we may face. However, when our lives begin to lack this connection and we no longer feel a sense of empathy and understanding is when we need to take the initiative to reach out in order to take care of ourselves. Often at times in the Muslim community when one is facing troubles with their mental health, we are immediately told that the issue is that we are “not close enough to God” and that a “real Muslim” would not be going through these feelings of anxiety, depression, etc. This is where the MY-Mental Wellness committee comes into play. We are here to let you know that the struggles you face mentally are valid, that it is very much possible to be neuro-atypical and be a practicing Muslim. Our community holds such a deep and toxic stigma towards the subject of mental health and illnesses and to continue to perpetuate this stigma will only be detrimental to the lives of those in the community. We want to be that safe space in the community where you feel comfortable enough to gravitate to when you are in need of healing. Through our future programs and resources, we hope to normalize mental disorders and open up the discussion in the community on these usually taboo topics. Being Muslim and dealing with a mental illness is not something that is mutually exclusive.
This initiative requires the effort of everyone in the community and we are asking you all to help support us normalize mental health because stigma has made it more difficult for people to heal. YOU may be the reason to whether someone chooses to seek help or not. We hope that you find yourself visiting this blog from time to time to help, if not yourself, then for those around you to be a source of light for someone who cannot seem to get themselves out of the dark.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm with glad tidings and do not repulse them.”
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