BCBN Muslim Mental Health Conference (Better Community Business Network) @ Stratford,London University of East London Stratford


April 29, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
£10 – £35
University of East London Stratford
University of East London Stratford Campus
London E15 4JE
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BCBN in partnership with the School of Psychology at the University of East London are delighted to host an interactive, one-day conference focussing on the mental health of Muslim youth in England. This will be the first mental health conference focussing on Muslim Youth and will bring together multiple sectors including Muslim community leaders, health, social care, education, charitable organisations, academics researchers and policy makers.

The conference will cover the mental health issues that most affect British Muslim youth, showcase case studies, emphasise importance of prevention, identify gaps in service provision, research and policy.

Who this conference aimed at: Local authorities , Public health, NHS, service commissioners and providers, researchers, mental health practioners, third sector community organisations working with Muslim youth, Muslim community leaders and institutions, academics and journalists.

Conference objectives:

To increase awareness of the mental health issues facing Muslim youth and the need for access to culturally and faith appropriate mental health and wellbeing resources/services
To help raise the profile of mental wellbeing in this population group
To help decrease the stigma of mental illness within the Muslim community by creating dialogue; cross sector engagement
To share/ support evidence-based research
To provide a platform for learning, discussion, support and facilitation
To form a post-conference report, with recommendations for the statutory services, government, researchers , funders and Muslim communities
The Programme

Introduction and Context: Young Muslims and Mental Health
Research: presenting findings on research around mental health in the Muslim and BME community
Highlighting top mental health issues experienced by Muslim youth
The role of public health services and practitioners in addressing mental health issues and the needs of the Muslim community
A panel discussion with Muslim organisations, youth and leaders on making an impact on prevention, treatment and wellbeing
Interactive Workshops

1. Muslim service providers engaging with Local authority, NHS and other commissioners of services to share best practice

This session will showcase examples of service providers, who are tailoring their offer to suit the needs of Muslim youth and engaging with Local authority, NHS and other commissioners. This workshop is aimed at public health services, local authorities, organisations actively engaging with mental health in BME/ Muslim communities

2. Raising awareness and reducing stigma about mental health aimed at parents, Muslim organisations, institutions and leaders

This workshop will support participants to recognise the signs of deteriorating and poor mental wellbeing in our youth, and identify/discuss interventions to a growing epidemic. This workshop is aimed at Imams, parents, Muslim leaders and organisations.

3. Stimulating the research agenda and influencing policy makers

This workshop will focus on identifying the key gaps and challenges in health research with concentration on reducing inequalities in mental health of Muslim youth. The workshop is aimed at researchers, academics, funders and public bodies.

4.Creative workshop led by Minds Work UK

The Therapist use of role play, human sculpturing, voice work, storytelling. The workshop helps increase self-awareness and offer a creative way for an individual or group to explore and solve personal and social problems. This workshop is for anyone who would like to explore feelings and behaviour with others in a safe environment and professional support. The workshop is also useful in learning from and engaging with people who have experienced mental health issues, first hand.

Only one workshop may be attended and booking is required. Refreshments and buffet lunch will be provided.