MYH is a national award winning charity that provides free and confidential faith and culturally sensitive support services targeted at vulnerable young people in the UK.
MYH was founded in August 2001 by young people to respond to the social problems endured by Muslim youth in the UK.
Our core service is a free and confidential Helpline, available nationally via the telephone, email, live chat text and letters. The service uses male and female volunteers trained in basic counselling skills to respond to client enquiries on any issue.
MYH also runs an annual Prison Campaign that sends Eid cards and messages of support to Muslims in prison during Ramadan. We encourage them to contact the Helpline for support via the phone and letter writing. We reach out to an average of 3,000 male and female prisoners each year.
MYH puts young people at the heart of its services and actively recruits young people from the Muslim community to be at the forefront of service delivery. The majority of our Helpline workers are under the age of 28 years and are drawn from across the ethnically diverse Muslim communities of the UK.
By omitting the generation gap and the cultural restrictions of an adult-run service, we are able to build the trust of young people and deal effectively with the social pressures that young people from the Muslim community have never before been able to reveal.
Whilst the issues MYH deals with are no different from most other helplines in the UK, MYH is able to provide its clients with faith and culturally sensitive support – something which mainstream services are still unable to provide. By providing safe spaces in which we listen, we are breaking the taboos of silence that prevent young Muslims from talking about their problems which makes them more acute. Young people from all backgrounds contact the Helpline and we never turn anyone away.
Since 2005 MYH has also produced a number of reports on the issues that young people get in touch with us about. These can be found on our website at http://www.myh.org.uk/content/research
MYH does not propagate any religious or political beliefs and seeks only to provide relief to and improve the social condition of vulnerable young people in the UK.
MYH is a Muslim led organisation that is based on the Islamic values of compassion, non-judgment and tolerance.
We draw our inspiration from the example of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who never turned away anyone who came to him with their problems and who said:
'The best of actions are to gladden the heart of a human, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten sorrow and to remove the wrongs from the oppressed'. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
We believe the values of compassion, empathy and service to others in their hour of need are at the core of our faith as Muslims and embody the heart and spirit of Islam.
We listen to, support and empower our clients regardless of their ethnic or religious background through whatever difficulties they face without condemnation, judgment or chastisement. We recognise that it’s the fear of condemnation and judgment that keeps young people in our communities locked in a silent cycle of suffering.
As a charity MYH’s sole objective is to improve the social condition of Muslim youth in the UK regardless of background, belief or religious practice.
MYH provides a neutral non-directional non-judgmental service that is faith and culturally sensitive to the issues faced by its largely Muslim client base. Our non-judgmental, non-chastising approach has been crucial to our success in reaching some of the most vulnerable and marginalised young people in our communities.
Our Trustees, staff and volunteers are drawn from the vast ethnic and religious diversity of Muslim communities in the UK. As an organisation we are not aligned with any religious or political group. At MYH, women and men from the Muslim community work side by side regardless of their religious beliefs or practice, gender, ethnicity or political affiliation and are united in their desire to improve the lives of those most in need and distress.
As a charity MYH’s sole objective is to improve the social condition of Muslim youth in the UK regardless of background, belief or religious practice. Our mission is to ensure that no young person in our community suffers their problems alone and in silence.
We provide emotional and psychological support to vulnerable young Muslims in a non-judgmental, confidential, faith and culturally sensitive manner. By being there to provide an empathetic ear, a compassionate heart and words of comfort we seek to make our clients feel they are not alone and that they have the support of someone who cares to help them through their difficulties.
Through our support, we aim to empower our clients to make the positive changes they need in their lives.