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Understanding Mental Health in Muslim Communities accredited by Royal College of Psychiatrists

10 Tachwedd 2022

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A free FutureLearn short course created by the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, supported by Cardiff Learning and Teaching Academy, has been accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

This accreditation quality mark is a seal of approval for mental healthcare training, and demonstrates commitment to best practice. Accreditation is a rigorous process, involving a comprehensive review to ensure that all aspects of the training meet the College's criteria in both content and quality.

Dr Asma Khan, Research Fellow and academic course lead, said

We are thrilled that this course has been accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We've been working with them since early 2022 and as a result of their recommendations have made some amendments to the content, as well as introduced a new course name. We've really appreciated the College's input, which has helped us improve the course still further. We're very hopeful that achieving accreditation will allow employers and managers to recognise the value of this CPD course and encourage their staff to complete it at work.
Dr Asma Khan Research Fellow

Understanding Mental Health in Muslim Communities was launched as a free course on FutureLearn in May 2022. Since then, 1,892 learners have registered, signing up from 81 countries, including the UK, USA, Pakistan, India and South Africa.

Working in Health Teletriage this course gave me practical insight and tools to better understand and assist Muslim service users who contact our service for concerns regarding their or a loved ones mental heath. I now feel more equipped to give compassionate and comprehensive care.
Participant in programme, 2022

  • 96%of participants say they gained new knowledge or skills
  • Since starting the course 81% of participants have shared what they learned
  • 2,677 comments posted on course message boards to date

The course has given me a greater understanding and appreciation of Muslims especially in regards to helping those with mental health problems. The course provided lots of videos from many different sources. I feel a lot more confident now that I can provide Islamically-sensitive support to a Muslim with a mental health problem.
Participant in programme, 2022

The newly accredited Understanding Muslim Mental Health (now known as Understanding Mental Health in Muslim Communities) course was relaunched in November 2022. This free course, hosted on Future Learn, examines how Muslims experience and understand mental health, and is primarily designed for those who provide mental health support in Muslim communities. You can study this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments. The course has been designed to be as interactive and engaging as possible.

Excellent information. Use of various practitioners and scholarships kept the course interesting. Course is a springboard for conversation and action forward.
Participant in programme, 2022

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