Perceptions from the British Pakistani Muslim community towards mental health

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Rehiela, A. and Macaulay, P. 2023. Perceptions from the British Pakistani Muslim community towards mental health. Mental Health Religion & Culture. pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2023.2215168
AuthorsRehiela, A. and Macaulay, P.
Abstract

Mental health issues are worldwide, impacting people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and religious denominations. The current study aims to explore the perceptions of the British Pakistani Muslim community towards mental health and barriers towards seeking treatment. Semi-structured interviews with seven Muslim participants of Pakistani origin (four female) explore how they perceive and understand mental health in the Muslim community. Reflexive thematic analysis identified four themes: (a) culture vs religion, (b) religion as a protective factor, (c) fear of public opinion, and (d) integration of religious and professional services. Participants discussed a negative cultural perception and positive religious perception towards mental health. Services that integrate both a religious and western psychological model to effectively treat mental health issues are suggested. The results indicate towards a tailored framework to tackle mental health and can be used in addressing issues and concerns of the Muslim community concerning mental health.

Keywordsmental health; perceptions; Muslims; mental health treatment ; religion
Year2023
JournalMental Health Religion & Culture
Journal citationpp. 1-16
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1469-9737
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2023.2215168
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13674676.2023.2215168
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