Did you know that 1 out of 5 Americans have or will have a mental illness?
Zakat Chicago and American Muslim Health Professionals are partnering to provide Mental Health First Aid Trainings for community members across Chicagoland.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a course that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. MHFA provides the skills necessary to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health crisis. MHFA trainings help eliminate stigma and promote resiliency.
Zakat Chicago and American Muslim Health Professionals are committed to serve the mental health needs of the Muslim community in Chicago. With your gifts to Zakat Chicago, we have been able to certify over 80 individuals so far in Mental Health First Aid.
Program participants have expressed the tremendous benefit they received such as increased awareness about mental health issues and ways to cope, support, and provide self-care to friends and family members when crises occur. The new reality of COVID-19 and the physical distancing measures have triggered various mental health challenges, including increased anxiety, uncertainty, and depression. After each training, instructors provide participants with a list of Muslim counselors and therapists, Muslim mental health nonprofit organizations, and hotlines.
“The AMHP Mental Health First Aid training is a great tool to learn actionable steps that could potentially save someone’s life. I am grateful to have learned more about mental health and now feel better equipped if I were to find myself in a crisis situation.”
– Binta K Diallo, Arts & Culture Manager, Inner-City Muslim Action Network
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