Authors: Khalid Shah and Erin McGuinness, Auckland, New Zealand
Event: 2011 TheMHS Conference
Subject: COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Objectives: The aim of the research was to explore the needs of the Muslim community in terms of receiving mental health services, and to assess the willingness and role of imams in raising mental health awareness among that population.
Design: A qualitative approach was taken.
Methods: A sample of ten imams and twenty health professionals were interviewed. Participants were contacted via different communication methods, e.g. phone, e-mail, and meetings. The interviews were conducted face-to-face and were transcribed. The data captured was analysed using a thematic analysis method.
Results: Thematic analysis identified different themes comprising: lack of knowledge; gaps in services; barriers; lack of awareness; role of imams in raising awareness; stigma and discrimination in the community; appropriate service delivery; and, need for specific service.
Conclusion: The results highlighted the following: the need for community education about mental health and its services; the potential in the role of imams raising awareness; and, the need for services to be culturally appropriate in order to build trust and increase access by the Muslim community to mainstream mental health services.