Centre for Muslim Wellbeing

"Supporting communities to flourish"

Slide How CMW makes a difference

  • We recognise the important role that spiritual wellbeing plays for Muslim communities in achieving mental wellness – as a result, CMW will focus on creating more culturally-appropriate services and support to ensure this spiritual wellbeing is front-of mind

  • It acknowledges the importance of Ummah, or ‘community’ – this is its driving force and will ensure that its services are appropriate to all Muslim communities regardless of background or origin and moves away from just considering the individual to looking at the community that surrounds them

  • It is run by Muslims, for Muslims, and will therefore act as a bridge into communities which would otherwise not be open to providers of mental health and wellbeing services

Slide Our Services CMW’s services have been conceived and designed by the Muslim community, to respond to needs identified within that community. They seek to build understanding and capacity within community, as well as support key stakeholders serving the community to improve access, inclusion and delivery. The principle underpinning all of CMW’s services is about being respectful and inclusive of the broad range of backgrounds, cultural and religious identities of the Muslim community within Australia. Slide Publications and Advocacy Based on research findings and a growing evidence base of what contributes to wellbeing in Muslim communities, CMW will advocate to local, state and federal government for more inclusive policies and greater investment in Muslim Mental health and wellbeing. Slide Professionals List A vibrant network of health professionals that have experience dealing with CALD communities made available to the public to:

  • highlight our culturally responsive professionals

  • give the community options to choose appropriate therapists⁠

  • facilitate a network of culturally responsive practitioners

Slide Support and Resources Our library of resources, videos and tools created by CMW and other useful links exploring wellbeing, mental ill health, Islam and mental health, spiritual tools and much more

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International Day of People with Disability⁠~December 3⁠

Having a disability is still seen as a liability in many communities, and Muslims are no exception. There remains a stigma that people with disabilities are unable to work, unable to have normal relationships or lead normal lives. In many cases, people with disabilities are often ostracised and have to deal with having their existence questioned on a daily basis, due to the misconceptions circulated by society regarding how disabilities present themselves and how people with disabilities should supposedly act.⁠

In the time of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), many Muslims with disabilities – such as Ibn Umm Maktum, a blind man who was one of the first to enter Islam and of whom the first ten verses Surah Abasa from the Qur’an were about, Abu ubaidah Ibnul Jarrah, who had a disabled leg but joined in many battles alongside the Prophet (saw) thrived in the community as were able to solely focus on cultivating their faith, rather than fight ingrained stigmas based on their physical or mental capacity.

We should make sure that our fellow brothers and sisters with disabilities in the community are extended the same respect, acknowledgment and encouragement as everyone else. ⁠

To read the full article from @MWA please head to mwa.org.au/latest-articles/islam-and-people-with-disabilities-towards-a-more-inclusive-community/
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International Day of People with Disability⁠~December 3⁠
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Having a disability is still seen as a liability in many communities, and Muslims are no exception. There remains a stigma that people with disabilities are unable to work, unable to have normal relationships or lead normal lives. In many cases, people with disabilities are often ostracised and have to deal with having their existence questioned on a daily basis, due to the misconceptions circulated by society regarding how disabilities present themselves and how people with disabilities should supposedly act.⁠
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In the time of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), many Muslims with disabilities – such as Ibn Umm Maktum, a blind man who was one of the first to enter Islam and of whom the first ten verses Surah Abasa from the Qur’an were about, Abu ubaidah Ibnul Jarrah, who had a disabled leg but joined in many battles alongside the Prophet (saw) thrived in the community as were able to solely focus on cultivating their faith, rather than fight ingrained stigmas based on their physical or mental capacity.
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We should make sure that our fellow brothers and sisters with disabilities in the community are extended the same respect, acknowledgment and encouragement as everyone else. ⁠
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To read the full article from @MWA  please head to https://mwa.org.au/latest-articles/islam-and-people-with-disabilities-towards-a-more-inclusive-community/

The National Mental Health Commission is currently developing the National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy.

The (Draft) Strategy outlines a long-term vision for an Australian community where everyone has equal dignity, respect and value and is able to live a life of meaning and purpose free from mental health-related stigma and discrimination. The Commission is inviting feedback via survey responses and submissions by 1 February, 2023.

To find out more visit their website:
haveyoursay.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/hub-page/national-stigma-and-discrimination-reduction-s...
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The National Mental Health Commission is currently developing the National Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Strategy. 

The (Draft) Strategy outlines a long-term vision for an Australian community where everyone has equal dignity, respect and value and is able to live a life of meaning and purpose free from mental health-related stigma and discrimination. The Commission is inviting feedback via survey responses and submissions by 1 February, 2023. 

To find out more visit their website:
https://haveyoursay.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/hub-page/national-stigma-and-discrimination-reduction-strategy-draft-for-consultation

Jummuah Mubarak

Todays post is taken from our Be Well session with Imam Yahya Ibrahim

Link to full video:https://www.facebook.com/page/100782961740445/search/?q=yahya

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Jummuah Mubarak

Todays post is taken from our Be Well session with Imam Yahya Ibrahim

Link to full video:https://www.facebook.com/page/100782961740445/search/?q=yahya

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On Monday 21 and Tuesday 22nd Al Siraat College Grade 5 and 6 students participated in a Forest Therapy workshop facilitated by David Belli at Le Page Homestead & Hawkstowe Picnic Area at Plenty Gorge.
Although wet and cold the students enjoyed the nature and David's guidance by taking in all the five senses that surrounds us and by encouraging slowing down. Forest therapy, is a preventative health practice that immerses your senses in nature. This guided wellbeing experience will bolster mental and physical health by reducing stress levels, regulating pulse and blood pressure and elevating your Mood. To find out more or book a session please visit: cmw.org.au/our-services/community-outreach/
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On Monday 21 and Tuesday 22nd Al Siraat College Grade 5 and 6 students participated in a Forest Therapy workshop facilitated by David Belli at Le Page Homestead & Hawkstowe Picnic Area at Plenty Gorge. 
Although wet and cold the students enjoyed the nature and Davids guidance by taking in all the five senses that surrounds us and by encouraging slowing down. Forest therapy, is a preventative health practice that immerses your senses in nature. This guided wellbeing experience will bolster  mental and physical health by reducing stress levels, regulating pulse and blood pressure and elevating your Mood. To find out more or book a session please visit: https://cmw.org.au/our-services/community-outreach/Image attachmentImage attachment

Psychologist Muhammad Talha speaking about men's mental health week for Movember.⁠

If you need someone to talk to, call:⁠
Lifeline on 13 11 14⁠
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978⁠
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467⁠
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36⁠
Headspace on 1800 650 890⁠
CMW Navigator: 0472668010
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