amana is a platform focussed for arabic parents and youth to challenge the stigma of mental health. due to a cultural stigma, there is lack in communication of this issue between the youth and parents, due to traditional upbringings. an important matter to address is to educate the parents that mental health should be addressed before getting severe. amana aims to establish a platform for arabic youth to come together, interact, socialise and find their creative outlet. through the form of a tangible product, individuals can leave this platform with a sense of comfort and understanding of self-care.
There is a heavily stigmatized perception of mental health within Arabic culture. Mental health is often disregarded and not taken seriously, by youth and parents alike, at least until it becomes severe. Individuals are not able to express their struggles to their parents due to the ‘brush it under the carpet’ mentality, suggesting a lack of education. Living in New Zealand, a society where mental health is spoken about more openly, I explore how can those values be merged with Arabic culture.
I wanted to bridge the gap between parents and children. Through this platform, I have taken an innovative approach to mental health, through creative therapy methods. Creative therapy is a unique approach to mental health, using your individualism, enabling you to get in touch with your feelings, through a creative outlet. This form of therapy allows people to challenge their negative thoughts, find clarity through expression, and feel comfortable in starting a conversation about it.
The publication is an introduction to who we are. Individuals who decide to come through to AMANA are given a publication and journal. The publication is bilingual, in Arabic and English, and information is given to inform, manage, and support individuals and parents about mental health. With mental health better explained, it will encourage communication and conversation within the Arabic household.