Suicide Prevention in Muslim Communities with Author/Activist Melody Moezzi – #SPSM Chat November 3rd, 2019.

SPSM 10-27-19 Announcement

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.

Naseeha, Canadian nonprofit that serves US Muslims and operates a confidential, toll-free helpline

The Family & Youth Institute (FYI) – Suicide Prevention Community Action Guide

Center for Muslim Mental Health & Islamic Psychology


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**SPSM Chat includes content about suicide and other experiences that may be traumatizing to you. You may experience strong or overwhelming emotions as a result. If you find yourself in distress or crisis, we encourage you to seek out support that works for you. Many people find it helpful to talk to a friend, family member, or someone else they trust.

If you would like formal crisis support, you can call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’, Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada), or The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386. If you don’t like talking on the phone, you can text HOME to 741741 to get to Crisis Text Line, or you can try Lifeline Crisis Chat. If you’d like to talk to a peer, contains links to warmlines in the United States. If you’re not in the U.S., you can go to for a connection to crisis centers around the world.

Many of these resources could utilize restrictive interventions, like active rescues (wellness or welfare checks) involving law enforcement or emergency services. A warmline is least likely to do this, but still might have these policies. You can ask if this is a possibility at any point in your conversation if this is a concern for you.

The following do not implement any restrictive interventions for people considering suicide:

Peerly Human online support groups:
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada)**




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.


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