This week on #SPSM Chat co-hosts Rudy Caseres (@RudyCaseres), Marie Shanley (@Mxiety), and Joelle Marie (@LazTheLazTheLaz) discuss “Suicide Prevention in Muslim Communities” with guest Melody Moezzi (@MelodyMoezzi).
Watch as we discuss issues such as:
What are the specific challenges of suicide prevention in Muslim communities?
What social issues might lead to a Muslim dying by suicide?
What are some lessons Western suicidologists can learn from Muslim communities?
Do you feel properly equipped/trained to support a Muslim in a suicidal crisis?
Further Reading and Watching:
Pre-Order The Rumi Prescription: How An Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life
Suicide Is On The Rise In The US, And Muslims Aren’t Immune – Buzzfeed News
The Khalil Center, a psychological and spiritual community wellness center advancing the professional practice of psychology rooted in Islamic principles.
Melody Moezzi is a writer, speaker, activist, attorney and award-winning author. Her books include the critically acclaimed memoir Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, which earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention. Her next book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, will be released on March 3, 2020—and is available for pre-order today.
In addition to writing and teaching full-time, Moezzi is also an experienced keynote speaker on a wide variety of issues—most notably mental health, wellness, inclusion, writing, and activism, especially surrounding Islamophobia, Iranian-American relations, and disability rights. Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA), the Emory University School of Law (JD), and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (MPH). She divides her time among Boston, San Diego and Wilmington, NC with her husband, Matthew, and their ungrateful cats, Keshmesh and Nazanin.