The Centre for Muslim Wellbeing (CMW) in collaboration with the Islamic Society of Geelong held a mental health and wellbeing workshop on Building Resilience and Social Connections on Monday 12 April.

CMW facilitator and psychologist, Ruqaya Almirgani presented an interactive session with the Geelong community on topics that covered good mental health and wellbeing, coping with stress and where to seek help.

The session was well attended by the local community who found it informative and engaging with interaction continuing long after the workshop was finished. The consistent feedback from participants was the need for more workshops around mental health and wellbeing for the regional community.

According to the National Rural Health Alliance the reported prevalence of mental illness in rural and remote Australia appears similar to that of major cities. However, access to mental health services is substantially more limited than in major cities.

Tragically, rates of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness. This is why CMW is invested in building capacity in regional areas through such programs like it’s Mental Health and Awareness workshops.

The Centre for Muslim Wellbeing was founded and incorporated in 2018 to be a leading provider of wellbeing services that advance partnerships and build flourishing individuals and vibrant communities in Australia.

The organisation is led by experienced psychologists and community workers and focuses on prevention and early intervention, raising awareness around the issues of mental health and social isolation within community and ensuring community members have the support they need before they get to crisis.

CMW’s approach to achieving wellbeing is threefold:

  • Building awareness and capacity within community
  • Strengthening the capacity of mental health providers
  • Conducting research and sharing evidence of “what works”

CMW also has an extensive database of culturally responsive Muslim Mental Health Practitioners which you can find here: and a few more exciting developments to be launched very soon.

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If you are part of an organistation that would like to hold a free workshop with CMW please contact:

Sr Ebru Yagci

Phone: 0472668010

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]