We look forward to you joining us for our fourth Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference (CMMHC) on Saturday December 12th and Sunday December 13th, 2020.

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto along with the Muslim Medical Association of Canada look forward to being your host. This conference will take place virtually and will focus on mental health topics in the context of Islam and spirituality. Panel members will range from psychiatrists and therapists to spiritual leaders working in the field of mental health. All health care professionals, students, counsellors, frontline workers (Imams, teachers, guidance counsellors), spiritual leaders and community members of all faiths and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Please note: We are accredited for sessions on DECEMBER 13th, please see details below. Accreditation letters will be provided to participants who have registered and attended on December 13th 2020 after they have completed their online feedback forms. CME certificates will be provided to you via email within two weeks of the conference.

Please note: December 12th 2020 sessions are not accredited and are tailored for the general public to attend.

Program Details
Please find the conference schedule below.

Our complete program schedule can be found by clicking this link

Please find the full program here.

Lecture Slides
We do anticipate having lecture slides posted on the day of the conference or shortly after the conference. Please check for updates.

Virtual Platform Details
This is an online conference and will be hosted on the Zoom Webinar platform. Zoom seminar links will be emailed to you 1-2 days prior to the conference. There will be individual links provided to each person who has registered for the conference. There will be separate links for December 12th and for December 13th 2020 session.


  • If you or someone you know requires financial assistance to attend the conference, please fill out the following form and we will try our best to accommodate: https://tinyurl.com/y5sbbjjr
  • Please note that there are no refunds or transferring of tickets.
  • December 12th 2020 Sessions are NOT accredited.

Research Presentations
A portion of the conference will focus on highlighting some of the research being done in the field of Muslim mental health. We invite you to hear the research presentations on December 13th 2020 to take a peak at the work being done in the area of Muslim mental health.

Virtual Participation
WIN A COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR THE 5th Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference or GIFTS CARDS! Earn points for engaging in various aspects of the virtual conference for your chance to win a complimentary registration for the 5th Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference or one of two $25 Gift Cards to Amazon. Points are awarded for actions such as:

  • Answering poll questions during sessions
  • Posting on the day of the conference on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter
  • Using #CMMHC2020 Hashtag
  • Completing the conference evaluation forms

Conference Details
Title: The Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference
Date: Saturday December 12th – Sunday December 13th, 2020


December 12th 2020 (EST) – Schedule – General Public/Community Members

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM – Welcome

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM – Covid Fatigue: The Long Haul – Heba Ragheb, HBSc, MSW, RSW, RP

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM – Break and Resource Fair

10:20 AM – 11:50 AM – Mental Health within Black Communities: Strength, Unity and Action

Speaker: Dr. Kameelah Rashad, MS, MRP, MEd, PsyD

11:50 AM – 12:20 PM – Mental Health within Black Communities: Panel Discussion

Panelists:  Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Bilal Moore

12:20 PM – 12:45 PM – Break

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM – Addictions – High Score: Video Games to Marijuana

Speaker: Dr. Ahmed N. Hassan, MD, FRCPC, MPH

2:00 PM – 2:20 PM  – Break

2:20 PM – 3:45 PM  – Muslim Mental Health 101

Speakers: Shaykh Navaid Aziz, Bachelor of Islamic Law & Dr. Salam El-Majzoub, MD

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Break

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Youth Mental Health

Speaker: Dr. Irfan Ahmed Mian, BSc, MD, FRCPC

4:45 PM – 5:00PM – Break

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Parenting Tools: An Evidence Based and Spiritually Adapted Lens

Speakers: Dr. Samah Alkhawashki, MD, MPH, FRCPC & Dr. Arfeen Malick, MD, MSc, FRCPC

December 13th 2020 Schedule (*Accredited Sessions*) – Healthcare Professionals

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM   Welcome

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM    Spiritually Integrated Coping for Health Professionals

Speaker: Dr. Rania Awaad, MD, Psychiatrist

11:30 AM – 12:20 PM Research Poster Presentations

12:20 PM – 1:40 PM   Trauma and Healing in Muslim Communities: A Multidisciplinary Lens

Speaker: Dr. Rahaf Alasiri, MD, FRCPC & Heba Ragheb, HBSc, MSW, RSW, RP

1:40 PM – 2:10 PM     Break

2:10 PM – 3:30 PM     Perinatal Mental Health in Muslim Women

Speakers: Dr. Farah Islam, HBSc, MSc, PhD & Dr. Rida Hashmi, MD

3:30 PM – 3:50 PM     Break and Resource Fair

3:50 PM – 5:10 PM     Islamophobia and Mental Health

Speakers: Dr. Jibran Khokhar, BSc, PhD & Dr. Crystal Pinto, MD, FRCPC

Accreditation Information

This continuing professional development activity on December 13th 2020 will be held under the Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Department of Psychiatry.

Accreditation: College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+: 5.5 credits. This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1 – This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 5.5 hours.

Looking forward to hosting you.

Warm Regards, The 4th Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference (CMMHC) Planning Committee cmmhc@muslimmeds.ca

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