A Renewed Meaning in Life – Take Control

Omar* a 25 year old successful college student with no previous mental health concerns had suddenly found himself in a state of misery and isolation. He had happily married within the last year, only to find that marriage does not always start off in bliss. Marital issues arose between the newlywed couple, neither aware of how to deal with the conflicts. Tension continued to rise and Omar’s wife soon left him. He was devastated. His grades at school began to slip, he became sleepless, and lost 10 pounds in one month. Soon he became suicidal, feeling life was not worth living anymore. It was then that his friend, realizing the seriousness of the situation, advised Omar to visit Muslim Family Services (MFS) to see a counselor. Omar was not the type of person to seek counseling, yet he found himself at MFS. From there, with weekly counseling sessions and constant follow up by the team, Omar found meaning in life again. One of our counselors said, “We worked with him carefully and slowly. He was able to take control of his life and recover his functionalities.” Therefore, the case resulted in a positive outcome in which a young individual was able to move forward and beyond his worries. More people, married and single, can benefit from such guidance as divorce rates and mental health concerns for various reasons increase. Read more at MuslimFamilyServices.org

*Name changed for confidentiality


The convention you've all been waiting for is here in almost a week and ICNA Relief have a number of activities planned for you and your family.

Visit us at booths 132, 134, and 136 to speak one on one with certified counselors speaking English, Urdu, Arabic, and Bengali. Our team of counselors are specialized in the following areas: mental illness, substance abuse/addiction, pre-marital and marital counseling, as well as individual and family counseling. Counseling hours are from 11 AM to 11 PM all day May 26 and 27. Help us help you by registering online ahead of time to make sure you are properly accommodated. See you there inshAllah!

Click here to Register for counseling
 

Along with the free counseling sessions we will be holding various arts and crafts for children including origami lessons, a five ft playhouse, and other coloringactivities. Raffel to win two play houses.

Aisha is arecent immigrant from Pakistan. Just as any immigrant, Aisha had dreams of settling down and living the “American Dream”of prosperity and happiness. However, as fate would have it, her husbandabandoned and divorced her, leaving Aishahomeless. Now Aisha has been forced to move on and become independent as she wades her way through her circumstances and her life.

Aisha has started receiving work training from local health professionals and clinics. However, although she lives in the area, her bus commute takes over two hours daily. Muslim Family Services is assisting Aisha with utilities, rent - as she is currently living with a friend, bills and other financial needs.

Muslim Family Services aims to also provide Aisha with a car for transportation so she can use the time spent in commute to advancing her career and other critical pursuits to become self-sufficient. However, we cannot do this without the community’s help. Please consider donating any vehicles to our Car Donation Program to help Aisha and many other clients like her who are struggling on a day to day basis.

Your help in whatever way, however big or small, whether financial or in-kind, is much needed and appreciated. Help us help Aisha so that her American nightmare can be changed to a beautiful reality.

http://muslimfamilyservices.org

Feeling down? Something bothering you? Need advice? ICNA Relief is here for you with free counseling sessions at this year's ICNA-MAS Convention. Visit us at booths 132, 134, and 136 to speak one on one with certified counselors speaking English, Urdu, Arabic, and Bengali. Our team of counselors are specialized in the following areas: mental illness, substance abuse/addiction, pre-marital and marital counseling, as well as individual and family counseling. Counseling hours are from 11 AM to 11 PM all day May 26 and 27. Help us help you by registering online ahead of time to make sure you are properly accommodated. See you there inshAllah!

Our Team:
# Name Status Speciality
Br. Mohammed Chowdhury   Certified   Mental Illness/ Substance Abuse/Addiction
2 Sr. Tahira H Khalid  Certified   Specialized in all major types of counseling
3 Br. Kamal Shaarawy  Certified  Specialized in Individual/pre-marital and marital counseling.
4 Br. Dr. Ahmed Taha  Certified  Individual and family counseling
5 Sr. Aliah Azmeh  Certified  Individual and family counseling

Click here to Register for counseling

Muslim Family Services Program To Launch in Chicago

Our Chicago representative of ICNA Relief USA is working to launch ICNA Muslim Family Services in Chicago. Services include family counseling, education, outreach, seminars, workshops, and other mental health, youth, and family-related services.

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