With mental health and illness awareness on the rise knowing where to turn to can be tricky. There are a range of services available that are faith-based that may be unheard of. Statistically, 1 in 4 people in the UK will be suffering from a mental health issue at any given time, which means we will all know of someone who needs some help or support even if we don’t need it ourselves. Sometimes we are not qualified or able to give our loved ones the support they need but being able to signpost someone can be super helpful. The Lantern Initiative has researched and recommended a range of services below.
Just sharing this list amongst your friends and family can also be a subtle way to encourage people to talk about mental health or seek help.
Telephone Support as well as Textline, Email, and Webchat. They will support women of no faith as well as any faith, you do not have to be Muslim to access their support. Will provide listening support, help women in a crisis situation as well as providing information about legal rights.
Telephone 0800 999 5786/ Email firstname.lastname@example.org / Website www.mwnhelpline.co.uk
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2. Muslim Youth Helpline
An award-winning charity providing faith and culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth in the UK via their confidential helpline which is open 4 pm-10 pm 7 days a week, 365 days a year including on Eid. The helpline provides support at the point of crisis for those that need emotional support and signposting.
Telephone 08088082008/ Email email@example.com/ Website www.myh.org.uk
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3. Inspirited Minds
A Muslim charity providing mental health support and advice via email and online support center. Also provide training and workshops to mosques and other organizations. Response time is usually around 7 days.
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4. Muslim Community Helpline
A national organisation for women, men, youth and children providing a confidential, non-judgemental listening and emotional support service. The service operates Monday to Thursday 10 am to 1 pm, Friday 10 am to 4 pm. They can also support with talks and training.
Helpline numbers02089086715 & 02089048193/ Website details https://muslimcommunityhelpline.org.uk
5. The Lantern Initiative
A grassroots community organisation providing mental health events, workshops and seminars. Working to raise awareness of Muslim mental health issues and empower Muslim communities. Based in Peterborough.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org/ Website www.thelanterninitiative.co.uk
6. Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network (MCAPN)
The online home for Muslim Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and Counselling Psychologists worldwide. The MCAPN provide an online directory of private, qualified and registered professional Muslim counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists. Clinicians can work with individuals, couples, families or children. There is also the choice of face to face or online counseling via Skype/Telephone/Email. They also offer training and workshops.
Website details: www.mcapn.co.uk
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A registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the UK and Ireland. 24 hour helpline free from any phone: 116 123
Telephone 116 123 / Website www.samaritans.org
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— Samaritans (@samaritans) October 10, 2019
8. Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre
Information, advice and listening support for Muslim women in Scotland. It also provides a drop-in center, advocacy, and counseling including for bereavement.
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9.Beat Eating Disorder Helpline
Helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders.
Helpline 0808 801 0677/ Youthline: 0808 801 0711/ Website www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
10. PANDAS Foundation
Gives support to people coping with Pre and Postnatal Mental Illnesses.
Telephone 0843 28 98 401/ Website www.pandasfoundation.org.uk
Prevention of Young Suicide. Confidential support and advice for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person.
Telephone 08000684141/ Website details www.papyrus-uk.org
Provides information on a range of topics including: types of mental health problems/where to get help/medication and alternative treatments/advocacy.
Telephone 0300 123 3393/Email email@example.com/ Text 86463/ Website details www.mind.org.uk
The Lantern Initiative is a Muslim run Community Interest organisation currently based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The organisation is run mainly by volunteers in their spare time. Our aims and objectives are to educate and raise awareness of mental health issues in the Muslim community, to help break down some of the associated stigma and to empower communities in seeking and accessing help. We fulfil our aims by giving Muslims more platforms to openly discuss mental health, therefore making it less of a taboo subject. We work alongside several charities and UK mental health organisations on various projects aimed at the Muslim community.
By Afroze Fatima Zaidi