Muslim Mental Health

Bigotry can have a detrimental effect on the mental health of American Muslims.

Despite the growing number of American Muslims in the United States, their frequent encounters with prejudice, and their increased self-reports of emotional stress, a collection of resources dealing with American Muslim mental health has thus far been lacking. At ISPU, our social policy research aims to stimulate long-term community development by offering original applied research on challenges identified by the community. While day-to-day pressures continue to affect American Muslims’ ability to thrive, good recommendations are available to face these challenges. On this page, we’ve collected a number of resources on American Muslim mental health, in the hope that individuals and mental health professionals can use them to more effectively address the unique challenges that Muslims face.

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Mental Health Resources

  • This directory from the Institute of Muslim Mental Health is a very useful tool to help people find a counselor, therapist, psychologist, and/or psychiatrist throughout North America.

  • Despite the growing number of American Muslims in the United States, their frequent encounters with prejudice and their increased self-reports of emotional stress, little research has been carried out to understand attitudes toward mental health by Muslim Americans, specifically those born and raised in the...

Webinar: Post-Election American Muslim Self-Care

On January 24th, 2017, ISPU and ISNA co-hosted a webinar featuring ISPU Scholars Dr. Ben Herzig and Dr. Hamada Hamid along with mental health practitioner Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad that focused on “Post-Election American Muslim Self-Care.” Panelists discussed how Muslims can best practice self care, how parents can support their children when confronted with bigotry, and the effect that intersections of religion, race, gender, and pre-existing conditions can have on Muslims’ mental health.

  • The tragic shootings at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas raised the public’s attention toward Muslims serving in the United States Armed Forces. There was much public conjecture about the motives and mental state of Major Nidal Hasan. While mental health services in the military...

  • The issues and interventions discussed in this book, by authoritative contributors, are diverse and multifaceted. Topics that have been ignored in previous literature are introduced, such as sex therapy, substance abuse counseling, university counseling, and community-based prevention. Chapters integrate tables, lists, and suggested phrasing for...

  • National surveys have consistently found that the vast majority of Americans identify as religious and/or spiritual in one way or another. But is there any room for spirituality or religious practice in psychiatric treatment? Is there a place at all for faith in an era...

  • American Muslim youth are a heterogeneous group, with varying backgrounds, experiences, and needs. Families, schools, and communities can benefit from research on American Muslim youth to improve current approaches in youth programming and development. This report identifies the nuances and complexities of American Muslim youth’s...

Meet Our Mental Health Experts

Wahiba Abu-Ras

Wahiba Abu-Ras, PhD

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Adelphi University

Board of Trustees, Muslim Mental Health Inc.

Sameera Ahmed, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University

Director, The Family and Youth Institute (FYI)

Hamada Hamid, DO

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Yale University

Founding & managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health

Ben Herzig, PsyD

Psychologist in private practice

Reviewer for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Journal of Muslim Mental Health

Altaf Husain, PhD

Assistant Professor, Howard University School of Social Work

Board Member, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Amal Killawi, MSW

Research Fellow, The Family & Youth Institute (FYI)

PhD Candidate in Social Work, Rutgers University