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Addressing mental health stigma from Islamic perspective

Fadley Faisal

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) is collaborating with Universiti Teknologi MARA Kelantan Branch (UiTMCK) in organising a workshop to address mental health issues from the Islamic perspective.

The workshop titled Handle Depression, Overcome Pressure which started yesterday, was joined by UNISSA Acting Rector Dr Arman bin Haji Asmad and Associate Professor Dr Zulkifli Mohamed from UiTMCK.

The workshop has 125 participants comprising teachers, students and alumni of UNISSA and UiTMCK, including four experts in mental health management – Dr Sharifah Basirah binti Syed Muhsin, Abdul Halim bin Zakaria, Dr Siti Nur Aafifah binti Hashim and Haji Ali Yusri bin Abdul Gapor.

The first day saw Dr Sharifah Basirah discuss the topic Mengenali dan Mengendali Ancaman Anxiety dan Kemurungan Menurut Psikospiritual Islam (Handling anxiety and depression through Islamic psychospiritual).

Abdul Halim, meanwhile, touched on how to overcome depression through prayer therapy.

The collaborative effort aims to increase awareness and stop the stigma against mental health, keep an open mind and encourage a positive approach to solving issues and develop themselves to contribute to the country and religion.

Associate Professor Dr Zulkifli hoped the discussions featured during the workshop will allow participants to play a role in addressing mental health issues. The workshop concludes today.

ABOVE & BELOW: UNISSA Acting Rector Dr Arman bin Haji Asmad and Associate Professor Dr Zulkifli Mohamed from UiTMCK join other participants during the virtual workshop; and Dr Sharifah Basirah delivering a presentation. PHOTOS: UNISSA

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