Help Muslim Link reduce the mental health stigma within our communitiesWritten by Chelby Daigle
Muslim Link hopes to produce a podcast series featuring Muslims living with mental illness, inshallah
Muslim Link has a long history of showcasing the stories of Muslims living with mental illness. In order to continue reducing the stigma within our communities on this critical issue, we’ve decided to launch an entire podcast series on Muslim mental health.
As Muslim Link’s Editor in Chief, this is both professional and personal to me. As many in our community may know, my mother died from suicide in 2013. I have also lived with chronic mental illness and have written and spoken about these experiences at forums both within and outside of the Muslim community.
With the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Muslim Link has seen an increase in readership of our articles addressing mental health issues, as well as an increase in requests for affordable mental health services that cater to Muslims through our online directory.
In order to support what we see as an increasing need for information about mental health issues, Muslim Link would like to launch a podcast series centring the stories of Muslims living with mental health issues as well as informative interviews with mental health practitioners so readers can better understand and navigate mental health services.
We want to deliver this information as a podcast as we feel that an audio format will allow for these important stories and information to be delivered more easily to a diversity of listeners.
The funds raised will be used to ensure our interviews are edited into a podcast in a professional and timely manner by experienced content creators.
Muslim Link would like to thank Muslim Canadian artist Hanan Hazime for letting us use her original art work and photography to promote this fundraiser. Her piece "Psycho" is part of the "Labels" series where Hanan explores how she is labelled by others because she is a visibly Muslim woman living with a mental illness. The photo "Isolation" is from her "Pandemic" Photo Series. Visit https://hananhazime.com/ to learn more about her work.
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