Mental Health and the Islamic Faith

It is no secret that mental health issues do not discriminate. They can effect any one at anytime. What happens then, when many people of your faith believe that depression is caused by God or Allah being upset with you. It’s extremely hard to get treatment when even the therapist that is supposed to help feels the same way that everyone else does. This has been very common for people of Islamic faith to face these issues of blaming themselves for having mental health problems. According to BBC news, “This stigma does involve the idea that maybe if you need treatment, there might be something wrong with your faith identity in the first place.” Due to this stigma, people are often under referred to seek help. Even when they do seek help there is an issue in how the therapists go about trying to help. There is issue with the therapists leaving out faith when trying to help someone, when faith is a huge part of their daily lives. According to Dr Ghazala Mir, “Not only is there under-referral but the outcomes for people who do actually get referred are not as good as the general population.” This is believed to be because of the absence of faith in therapy sessions. The movement of including faith has slowly started to pick up because for many Muslim people, faith is their world and it influences every decision that they make. This story reminded me of the Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes were religion plays a role in everyday life and how other people have to respect that in order to understand where a person is coming from.