Mission of Hope (MoH) hosted the 2-day Muslim Mental Health Conference this year on the weekend 5-6 December 2020 and unlike previous years, this time it was online via Zoom with over 900 registered attendees participating free of charge.

MoH has been hosting  Muslim mental health conferences since 2006.

Mission of Hope are one of the pioneers in the Australian Muslim community where awareness and mental health promotion has been central to our aims to promote social and emotional wellbeing of individuals and our diverse communities.

Mental health is essential to living a healthy and spiritually balanced life as a Muslim, and it’s for this reason, mental health is a main driver for Mission of Hope’s service delivery. 

The year 2020 has brought many challenges especially with COVID-19 so with the increasing uncertainty impacted on the lives of many globally, mental health has become a vital part of the conversation in adapting to changes in our lives to cope with adversity.

The online conference focused on Islamic Psychology and Community Mental Health of Muslims bringing together international presenters and scholars and local clinicians.

On Day 1 the conference featured international and locally known academics and practitioners involved in reviving Islamic Psychology as a discipline in Western countries.

International experts in Islamic Psychology and President of the International Association if Muslim Psychologist, Dr Bagus Riyono from Indonesia opened the conference with his presentation on Tazkiya Therapy, followed by internal academics and clinicians from the Kahlil Center in the United States, Professor Rania Awaad and Dr Fahad Khan explored the history and importance of Islamic Psychology whilst Ms Hanan Dover delved into the clinical applications of Islamic Psychology during clinical interventions.

On the second day of the conference, local mental health professionals and mental health educators presented on issues pertinent on Australian Muslims ranging from pertinent topics.

President of Mission of Hope Ms Nasreen Hanifi presented on childhood trauma, clinical psychologist Shezi Yusaf discussed the importance of compassion therapy, Shaykha and psychotherapist discussed anxiety and the unseen.

Dr Yaser Mohammad presented on mental health literacy training amongst Muslim leaders whilst Ziyad Serhan touched on mental health first aid within faith communities.

Social Worker, Mohamad Dukely presented on the mental health of African refugees exploring settlement issues, and psychologist Toltu Tufa explored the recent lockdown of the Melbourne towers and how it impacted on their mental health.

Psychologist Carawan Ghanem reported on the predictors of help-seeking behaviour for perinatal depression among Arab-Australian women, and psychologist Nuray Okcum reported on the impacts of sociocultural climate on Muslims emerging into adulthood.

Finally, Psychotherapist Summayyah Sadiq-Ojibara explored the topic of grief, gratitude and growth touching on the three messengers of healing and hope

Muslim Mental Health conferences around the world are increasing and they are also becoming part of the central fabric of education and knowledge sharing amongst.

Muslim mental health professionals, religious leaders, and community workers. They are fast becoming vital platforms for keynote presentations, panel and peer discussions, and networking opportunities.

For anyone experiencing mental health concerns please contact Hayat Line 1300 993 398.

2020 Speakers at the Muslim Mental Health Conference (Australia)