The Family and Youth Institute is a research and education non-profit that aims to support young people and their families by conducting original research and translating that research into mediums that are creative and useful for people like you. Please scan through our infographics gallery to see one example of how we have approached those goals. The infographics on this page are an attempt to translate the original research done by our organization into a medium that can be used to spread information and bring light to the issues faced by our community.
If we don’t know the extent of the problem, how can we seek solutions? We strongly believe that through our research and education we will be able to empower our communities to address the issues we face in practical ways.
Click on the image for more information about the research that was used to derive each of the infographics.
The FYI’s Therapy Guide Infographic Series
This multi-part Therapy Guide Infographic Series will help you find answers to questions about the importance of therapy, how to search for a therapist and what to expect out of therapy, and your relationship with your mental health. To make things easier for you, we’ve split this guide into 3 sections:
1) The Importance of Therapy – where we go into misconceptions, signs that might mean that therapy would be good for you, benefits, and a quick reminder about how taking care of your mental health is part of our faith!
2) Searching for a Therapist – where we take a look at the differences between different mental health professionals, what to look for, consider, and expect when making a decision about a therapist to see, and a list of questions to ask when interviewing!
3) What to Expect – where we talk about what therapy might look like, what makes it a good fit, red flags to watch out for, and how you know if it is even working for you.
This resource is meant as a guide to help you begin your journey or along the way as a reference. Please feel free to pass these infographics along to friends and family and check them out as more shareable social posts as well!
Our Struggles as American Muslims Infographic
American Muslims are struggling. 15-25% report anxiety disorders, 9-30% report mood disorders, and over 50% report one or more major problems with their marriage. The rise of islamophobia isn’t helping. What can we do to reverse this trend and support our friends and family? The Family and Youth Institute offers resources like this infographic to help begin the conversation and normalize talking about mental health and our family struggles. We provide workshops and lectures to increase mental health literacy. Alongside this infographic, we provide toolkits, articles, and research reports in order to help educate our communities.
Risk Behaviors Infographic
What we need to know about American Muslim college students and risk behaviors all in one infographic. To some, these numbers seem high, to others, they may seem low. What we do know is that Muslim students are not immune to the engaging in risk behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, drug use, and pre-marital sexual activity. What we also know is that families do have influence over the likelihood of whether their young people will engage in risk behaviors. Information is key! Learn more by reading about the research that was used to create this infographic.
Alcohol Use Infographic
The numbers may seem surprising to some! What is the percentage of American Muslim college students who reported drinking alcohol in the last year? When do young people begin drinking? It is interesting to find that most had their first drink of alcohol long before the went away to college. Does religiosity matter? How can you help young people in your family or community avoid the risk behavior of drinking? Information is key! Learn more by reading about the research that was used to create this infographic.
Tobacco and Hookah Use Infographic
Did you know that 1 hour of hookah is equal to inhaling about 200 cigarettes? What role does religion play in whether or not a person decides to smoke cigarettes or hookah? What are the leading motivations for smoking? How can you help young people in your family or community avoid the risk behavior of smoking cigarettes and/or hookah? Information is key! Learn more by reading about the research that was used to create this infographic.
Pre-Marital Sex Infographic
There is a false assumption that Muslim youth do not engage in any form of pre-marital sex because they are somehow protected by their faith and religious practice. Research has discovered that this simply isn’t the case and it has become abundantly clear that family and mosque communities need to be more involved in creating protective factors in our community’s youth. This infographic touches on misconceptions of pre-marital sex, statistics on sex education, and what preventative measures can be taken to help support our youth.
Pre-Marriage Considerations Infographic
Did you know that 1 in 3 American Muslims get divorced? Did you know that that is not far below the national average? Did you know that there are ways to help prevent this outcome? By looking at the top 5 reasons for discord or conflict in marriages we can help anticipate areas where more discussion is needed. Prevention matters! Use this infographic to start a conversation with your spouse or the person you are considering for marriage.
Bullying Prevention Infographic
In one study of Muslim youth, 55% reported being bullied specifically because of their religion. This number is twice the national average. What can we do to help? The first step is understanding the issue. Where does bullying occur? What are the signs? What are the impacts of bullying? Is there anything you can do as a parent to prevent your child from being bullied? Use this infographic to start a conversation with your child. Parental support and strong religious identities are great ways to protect your child from the impacts of bullying.
Suicide Intervention Infographic
Do you know what to do if a friend talks about suicide? Use these 7 steps to help assess the risk and guide them to help. The more people know about the seriousness of suicidal talk and suicidal ideation, the more people can step in to be the one to help in a time of great need. As Allah (swt) mentions, “Whoever saves one life, it is written as if he has saved all humanity.” [5:32].
Suicide Prevention Infographic
Suicide Prevention education is very important for our community. Every twelve minutes a person dies by suicide and Muslims are not immune. Get to know the warning signs, where to go for help and what to say to a friend who is struggling. Use this infographic as a quick reminder of what you can do! Never underestimate that your kindness and attention can serve as a means of prevention, especially if done in an educated manner.