Bipolar Kills Muslims Too
Bipolar, sometimes known as manic depression, is a severe mental illness characterised by significant mood swings including manic highs and depressive lows. Unfortunately, the risk of suicide for someone living with this mental health illness is increased by 20 times, and so we are determined to create a safe space for people to reach out before it’s too late.
At some point in our lives, all of us will experience hardship or trauma. This is when we need help and support from others. Islam teaches us to be kind and compassionate to other fellow human beings, as we see in the exemplary character of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alayhi wa sallam), who is one of the best examples of compassion and kindness in human form. We want to provide holistic support that is sensitive to the cultural and religious needs of those suffering from bipolar while taking into account all aspects of their life with which they may be facing ongoing problems. This will empower them to take better care of themselves and as a result, deal with ongoing problems.
About bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is believed to be the result of chemical imbalances in the brain. These chemicals are responsible for controlling the brain’s functions. While there is no cure for bipolar, there has been a lot of progress in understanding bipolar and how it can be managed. Research suggests that there could be a genetic link or an inherited predisposition to developing bipolar. It is also known that stressful life events may often precede an episode of mania, hypomania or depression. Events such as bereavement, loss of a job, breakdown of relationships, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, debt, money worries, or any life-altering events can cause an episode.
According to Bipolar UK, 1% to 2% of the population experience a lifetime prevalence of bipolar, and recent research suggests as many as 5% of us are on the bipolar spectrum.
Our goal is to work with bipolar disorder sufferers to provide holistic support and encourage them to talk openly about their issues and challenges.
With years of experience, our team, which includes a Mental Health Social Worker, Welfare and Employment Advisor, and Bipolar Disorder Wellbeing Support Volunteers, will assess and create a custom plan that’s right for each person. We understand the importance of educating them on the most effective ways to take care of themselves so that they can overcome any employment, financial or personal issues they may be facing.
We will be engaging Muslim groups, organisations and mosques to meet their emotional needs in a culturally appropriate way. Without emotional support, people suffering from bipolar have feelings of isolation and alienation.
The support we provide is available at both a local level, with our face-to-face consultations in the Nottinghamshire area, and nationally, with our telephone support helpline, which allows us to provide much-needed support to those across the country. The wellbeing of clients is our greatest priority – any urgent cases will be swiftly referred to the emergency services or crisis teams.
Our deen teaches us to be kind and compassionate to our fellow human beings, so imagine the reward in extending a helping hand and providing someone with the vital support in their time of need so they are better able to manage their mental health.
This act of kindness will make a huge difference in someone’s life.
One main outcome of our activities is to prevent social isolation and to encourage bipolar sufferers to engage with wider society. Due to the stigma surrounding mental health, people don’t receive the appropriate care and treatment they need, and as a result, many Muslims are suffering in silence.
By offering a friendly and supportive environment, we aim to help individuals reach a place of reduced stress, plan and achieve goals and most importantly be in a place where they can approach us when they are feeling very low and suicidal.
With your generous donations, we can provide vital support to those who need it so they are better able to manage their symptoms and get on with their lives. This, in turn, will help reduce the risk of suicide, inshaAllah.
We recently supported Ibrahim, a 55-year-old man, who suffers from bipolar and was recently discharged from Highbury hospital after he was sectioned. He was in the hospital for 9 months and was institutionalised by the time he came home. He lived alone and was very distressed when discovering that his benefits had all ceased due to his time in the hospital. After contacting us, we were able to support him on a one-to-one basis. We managed to reinstate all of his benefits and develop a care plan to help support him in the community and to prevent a relapse.
Supporting more people like Ibrahim takes time and money, and this is where we need your help so we can increase our reach and continue to make a difference.
Your generous donations will help us to run workshops, support groups, one to one sessions and activities, such as nature walks.
We will also be able to work with bipolar sufferers and meet their individual needs, helping them to manage possible trigger issues, which could spiral out of control and result in deep depression or even suicide if left unresolved.
Caring for the wellbeing of our community, especially those who require extra support and help, is the responsibility of every Muslim. Together, we can be there for those suffering from bipolar in their time of need.
We will continue to do what we can as unpaid volunteers, but donations big or small will help us to do so much more. Here is how we will spend your money:
£2500 – will pay for a sessional Mental Health Social Worker for the next quarter
£1500 – will help us to run four Bipolar Lift Support Workshops
£1000 – will help us to organise social and community events
1 hour telephone support/consultation for five individuals. Providing vital support and sign-posting where necessary.
1 hour telephone support/consultation for 10 individuals. Providing vital support and sign-post where necessary.
Face to Face Consultationrn
2 hour face to face, one to one consultations with four Bipolar Disorder sufferers at a convenient place for them.
Bipolar Disorder Workshop
2 x Bipolar Disorder Group Sessions. Each session lasts approximately 3 hours and these are followed up with one to one consultations with each person. We usually have around 15 attendees. The contribution will also cover room hire and refreshments.
Mental Health Social Worker
This contribution will cover the cost for a Mental Health Social Worker for 10 days per month. The social worker will provide essential support and create a person centred care plan for each individual. They will carry out a full benefit assessment and deal with issues including housing, finance and debt. The support will be ongoing until steps are in place for the Bipolar Disorder sufferer to become independent.
|Offline Donations||£5000||September 22, 2019|