WE AIM TO SPREAD
As a group of Muslim college students who have grown up in California, we have experienced and seen the challenges that come with growing up as Muslims in the United States. There are a variety of stressors that can affect the mental health of Muslim youth, especially if they are not dealt with in a healthy manner.
In the past few years, we seemed to notice a growing number of our peers dealing with these stressors in damaging and unproductive ways. Some lacked the support system they needed, while others had the support but were afraid to utilize it out of fear of being judged based on their problems. Though it was not immediately apparent, we came to realize that there are in fact a large number of young Muslims in need of support who faced barriers that prevented them from seeking it.
The tipping point that set us into action was a string of six youth suicides in a small Californian Muslim community in a period of two months. The struggles that the youth of our communities were facing have become tangible and unavoidable.
The Amala Muslim Youth Hopeline began with the aim of providing an accessible, confidential, and culturally competent means of peer counseling and resource referral for Muslim youth. Our mission is to provide a non-judgmental and understanding over-the-phone atmosphere for individuals to seek help. We want to help Muslim youth find the Hope that they need, and that is why we are Amala, the Muslim Youth HOPELINE.
OF CALLERS FEEL STRESS OVER THIER ISSUES
OF CALLERS ARE WITHDRAWN FROM DAILY ACTIVITIES