Islamophobia and Public Mental Health: Lessons Learned from Community Engagement Projects
With the recent rise of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiments, Muslim American communities have experienced ongoing stressors that have detrimental effects on their mental health. This challenge is further aggravated by multiple barriers to seeking help, including mental health stigma, lack of culturally and religiously sensitive mental health services, and fear of discrimination by mental health providers.
In this chapter, we discuss the importance of engaging Muslim American communities and incorporating indigenous cultural practices in reducing the negative health effects of Islamophobia. We present innovative case studies from projects conducted in California that use community participatory approaches to engage Muslim Americans in mental health care in order to build resilient communities.
KeywordsIslamophobia Muslim mental health Community engagement Community-based participatory research Public mental health
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