We understand that as young Muslims, it might feel like the resources available for mental health may not always feel tailored to you, or your unique experiences. To combat this, we collaborated with young Muslims across the UK to understand their mental health needs, in partnership with YoungMinds.
Remember, you don’t have to face your mental health journey alone. Check out our faith-friendly guides and blogs to support you on your journey.
Muslim mental health: responding to different types of cultural pressure
We know that young people from every different ethnic and religious community each face different types of cultural challenges, pressures and stigma when it comes to mental health. There is, of course, no universal ‘Muslim culture,’ but when it comes to being a young Muslim in the UK, many young people share some common experiences when it comes to dealing with cultural pressure and mental-health stigma. That’s why we teamed up with young Muslims from different backgrounds and partnered with the YoungMinds to offer you some culturally-sensitive advice and tips that might help.
Clean up your social media
We’ve all been there when we find ourselves aimlessly scrolling through one or a few social media apps on our screens, and before we know it, hours have passed; not even the numbing hand or the ache on your face from where the phone fell has stopped us.
So let’s talk about how we can stop this from happening and find good habits that help you feel better.
Talking about your feelings
Ignoring your emotions may often feel like the easiest way out. You may feel like ignoring them, or compartmentalising, can allow you to get through the day. While this may work in the short-term, emotions tend to spill out – sometimes in a major way.
A great way to get around this is just by normalising talking about your feelings. This can be easier said than done. This guide will help you to identify who you can speak with, and how to share your feelings in a way you feel comfortable with.