Join ISPU and American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) for a panel discussion created for mental health advocates and educators—although all are welcome—at ISPU’s Washington, DC office. The event is centered on our newly released report: Religious-Based Bullying: Insights on Research and Evidence-Based Best Practices from the National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit.
Last year, ISPU’s annual American Muslim Poll revealed that more than 1 in 3 Muslim families report bullying of their child in school because of their religion. In 1 in 4 of those cases involving Muslim students, a teacher or administrator perpetuated the bullying. Given the prevalence rates and negative mental health outcomes associated with religious-based bullying, it must be considered a public health issue in need of prevention and intervention attention. This new report provides insights from the first-ever National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit held in Washington, DC, on December 2–3, 2017. The Summit gathered a multitude of experts on the issue, including advocates, researchers, teachers, parents, physicians, mental health practitioners, and, most importantly, targets of bullying to share their stories of the abuse and how it impacted their mental well-being.
Our panel discussion will include a discussion of the report findings, recommendations for mental health professionals and educators, the connection between mental health and bullying, translating research recommendations into effective policy and practice, and parent/child accounts of religious-based bullying.
- Meira Neggaz, Executive Director, ISPU
- Dr. Nadia Ansary, Associate Professor, Rider University
- Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry, AMHP Board of Director, Mental Health Program
- Suzanne Greenfield, Director of the Citywide Bullying Prevent Program, Washington, DC
- Dr. Harminder Kaur, Sikh Kid2Kid
- Vikram Singh Mangat, Sikh Kid2Kid