Fighting the Stigma Against Mental Health

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Show Summary:

Tune in to this Radio Islam segment as we debunk the myths and misconceptions surrounding mental health!

Executive Producer: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Host(s): Alma Campos

Producer: Saimah Shareef


Dr. Farha Abbasi Department of Psychiatry, Michigan State University

Dr. Abbasi is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Core Faculty with the International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology Program (INPEP) at Michigan State University and Staff Psychiatrist at the University’s student health facility, Olin Health Center .Her areas of interest are cultural psychiatry and teaching medical students how to provide culturally appropriate care to Muslim patients. She was selected as a SAHMSA Minority fellow in 2009 .Her work as a psychiatrist has led her to publicly address the barriers that stigmatize and silence mental health issues within the Islamic community. She has established the Muslim Mental Health Conference, hosted at Michigan State University and now in its sixth year. She is the managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, and works directly with the Muslim American community to encourage integration in rather than isolation from main stream society. For her efforts, she was awarded Presidential Award –Excellence in diversity award 2012.She was nominated as Mayors Town hero by Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero for her community services in field of mental health.

Hooman Keshavarzi Khalil Center

Hooman Keshavarzi is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology and a Bachelors of Science alongside a specialist psychology track/minor in Islamic Studies. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Argosy University Chicago, American Islamic College, Hartford Seminary, instructor of psychology at Islamic Online University and founder/director of Khalil Center, a community spiritual & mental wellness center. He is also a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at the Global Health Center, conducting research on topics related to Muslims and Mental Health. Hooman Keshavarzi is a national public speaker and trainer currently serving as a Clinical supervisor of graduate students of clinical psychology at the Village of Hoffman Estates (DHS). He also delivers seminars on specialized topics around multiculturalism and psychology.


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