It is the mission of Manzar Health to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Muslim community.
Manzar Health aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Muslim communities worldwide.
- Connecting our inner selves
- Creating a supportive and empathetic community
- Collaborating with mental health professionals, providers, and organizations
- Celebrating our mental health stories as Muslims
Why Muslim Mental Health?
With the rapid development of and focus on personal well-being in individualistic societies, people are now more aware of the detrimental effects of poor mental health and mental illnesses than ever before. However, as members of the Muslim Diaspora, there are often strong cultural underpinnings related to our mental health experiences that go unaddressed. Mental health issues do not exist in individuals only, and this is especially true for those who come from cultures that value collectivism. Experiences shaped by cultural ideals that value face, achievement, and filial piety are interwoven in the fabric of our understanding of the world. Intertwined with generations of exposure to trauma, these ideals, while not inherently unhealthy, are often expressed in ways that create dissonance for the children of the diaspora who live in increasingly globalized societies. It is apparent that there is a generational and cultural rift in many Muslim families, with mental health woven through both overt confrontations and unspoken grievances as a result.
Manzar Health hopes to help bridge those divides. We do not need, or want, to do away with centuries of beloved culture and tradition for the sake of mental health. We at Manzar Health believe in integrating our shared backgrounds with the progressive ideals of emotional well-being and mental health – expressing collectivist ideals while respecting the agency of the individual. It all begins with understanding. Through projects such as our Facebook group, resource library, video web-series, and meetup groups, we hope to not only provide mental health support, but also facilitate the difficult conversations we need to have to move forward together.