27 Min Released Aug 17, 2018

Mental Health in the Muslim Community

This week, we’re tackling a sensitive topic: suicide and mental health services in the American Muslim community. A few weeks ago, BuzzFeed News reporter Hannah Allam published a piece on the rise of suicide rates in the community and what can be done in terms of prevention and awareness. Ahmed talks to her about her reporting and also brings in rapper, chaplain, and artist Mona Haydar, who recently released a song about a friend who took her own life.

If you or someone you know needs help, please try to talk to someone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. You can find the Khalil Center at khalilcenter.com. The main center’s number is (630) 474-4414 OR call the help line (855) 5HELPKC. (855) 543- 5752, during scheduled hours.

You can find also call Naseeha 1-866-NASEEHA or find them at naseeha.org.

Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

Follow Hannah @HannahAllam
Follow Mona @mona_haydar
Listen to her song, “Suicide Doors,” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghGxMxb1Mn4 (or wherever you find your music!)
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