Mental Health and Stress Management
Saturday 20th March.
Lower Hutt Islamic Centre, 14 Hunter Street, Taita.
A Mental Health and Stress Management Workshop, the first of a
three-part series was organised by the Lower Hutt Muslimah
Committee to discuss mental health and wellbeing. The workshop
was led by psychiatrist Dr. Huma Amer, psychiatrist Dr. Shaystah
Dean, Sister Zara Kashkari mental health support worker, and
Brother Bilal Nasier, trainee in clinical psychology.
The workshop provided a great chance for 50 men and women to
be part of an interactive quiz and discussion to discuss mental
health generally. Discussion included how to recognise stress and
emotions. A key theme that came out throughout the day, is that
mental health is not separate from the other ‘walls’ of the self,
that include spiritual and social walls of the house that keep a
person living happily and healthily. Refreshments and baby-sitting
were provided for maximum benefit and for families to truly be
engaged in the discussion.
The response was very positive from men and women, with some
feedback right after the event asking for the next date would be
already. Participants looked forward to further workshops where
they hoped to go into further detail and engage with the Dr’s on
how to support family, friends, and community members.
LHMC team hopes to organise similar workshops to further learn
more about ourselves and our mental well-being.