As COVID-19 has changed the daily reality of our lives, the mental health impacts can no longer go unnoticed. Fear, uncertainty and worry are normal responses to the perceived and very real threat of the virus. With the added anxiety of changes to our daily lives and restrictions on social contact and physical movement, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as physical health.
With that goal in mind, AMHP launched a virtual Mental Health First Aid Program to meet the mental health needs of our communities. The virtual delivery option is equipping frontline workers, parents, teachers and community members with the necessary tools and resources needed to help friends and families during these difficult times.The Virtual MHFA Program expands AMHP’s ability to provide psychological first aid to the American Muslim community facing uncertainty associated with COVID-19.
Since the virtual delivery option became available in August, AMHP has coordinated 11 Trainings and certified over 120 individuals.
AMHP also hosted a Suicide Prevention webinar in partnership with the Islamic Center of Naperville on Saturday, December 5th. Over 200 individuals attended the webinar and benefitted from the remarks shared by Yasmin Irfani, MHFA Instructor and Dr. Shady Shebak, AMHP Vice President.
To learn more about our program please visit the virtual MHFA page here. You can sponsor a training for your community for $1,500 for 20 individuals or sponsor a trainer at a cost of $2,200. We are over a third of the way towards our goal of $150K. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Mental Health program at the link provided here so that we can continue to meet the evolving needs of the Muslim community.