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Santuur  Santuur is an organisation that focuses on supporting Somali's living with mental health problems in the UK #SomaliMentalHealthMatters.

It’s #mentalhealthawarenessweek and we want to kick it off by talking about IAPT services.

Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services provide evidence based therapy to adults who suffer from low mood, stress, anxiety and find it difficult to cope with everyday life.
They can offer one to one therapy, group therapy, guided self help and counselling however this may differ from service to service.

They accept self-referrals as well as GP referrals and are based all over England.
You can find your local IAPT service by using the NHS Choices website and your postcode.
Any questions let us know and remember its never too late to get the help you need!
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#mentalhealth #iapt #therapy #somali #somalimentalhealth #somalimentalhealthmatters

3 years Later and Santuur Stories Lives On!
If you have a story you would like to share with us, whether it is your own mental health journey or any other experiences you have had with mental health where others can learn from and be inspired by, please send us a DM, as we would love to hear from you!

Remember! All stories must be completely anonymous ! No names , places or pictures allowed unless written and verbal consent has been given to the Santuur Team! #santuurstories#somalimentalhealthmatters
Please support Santuur by sharing this post with your friends and family. Together we can raise more awareness! So get involved !!

It can be difficult to know what to do when someone is struggling with their mental health (Mind, 2018). However, many people will talk to their loved ones before speaking to a mental health professional, so your support can make a big difference. There are a number of different things that you can do to support someone with a mental health problem, even if you don’t have special mental health training. Things such as reaching out and letting them know you’re there to help, learning and sharing facts about mental health, treating people with respect, and avoiding the use of labels (e.g., “crazy”) can make a positive difference (MentalHealth.gov, 2018). Emotional support you could offer include listening, offering reassurance, and staying patient and calm (Mind, 2018). There may also be practical things you can help with such as looking up helpful information, helping to organise paperwork (e.g., notes, appointment records), and attending appointments with them. Above all, please make sure you also look after yourself when supporting someone by taking a break when you need it, sharing your caring role if you can, setting boundaries, and talking to someone you can trust. For further information about how to support people with mental health problems and how to support someone who is in a crisis, please visit the Mind and Mental Health Foundation website.
#santuur #mentalhealthawareness #support #talk #listen #reachout #somalimentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #mythonmonday

Today is World Bipolar Day, so what better time to share some facts about this mental health condition with you today!

1. Bipolar disorder is a mental health problem that can cause severe changes in people’s moods and affect people’s lives substantially.
2. There are different types of bipolar disorder, such as Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2.
3. People can develop bipolar disorder at any age, although it usually develops in younger people aged between 15 and 19.
4. It has been estimated that about 1 in 100 people will develop bipolar disorder at some point in their life.
5. Bipolar disorder used to be referred to as “manic depression”. •

For more information about bipolar disorder, have a look at the Royal College of Psychiatrists website, the NHS Choices website and the Mind website.

#santuur #somalimentalhealth #worldbipolarday #bipolardisorder #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters

It can be easy to stop noticing the world around us, disconnect from our thoughts and feelings, and rush through life (NHS, 2018). You can potentially improve your mental health and wellbeing by practising mindfulness. In brief, this concept can be explained as an increased awareness of what’s going on inside and around us, in the present moment, without making judgments. Although mindfulness is not the answer to everything, mindfulness can have a number of benefits such as increasing your awareness of your thoughts and feelings, managing unhelpful thoughts , and learning to apply more helpful coping skills in response to difficult feelings and experiences (NHS, 2018; Mind, 2018). Mindfulness can be practised in different ways. Perhaps you’d like to use this Gif to have a go at breathing mindfully? :) Also feel free to check out mindfulness apps such as Headspace, which allows you to practice the skills throughout the day right from your phone! #santuur #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #apps #headspace #mindfulness #awareness #beinthemoment

Your Mental Health is more important than The Test, The Interview, The Lunch Date, The Meeting, The Family Dinner, The Shopping, The Gym, The Football Match, The Daily Chores and the list goes on! Girl... Take Care Of Yourself First!
#HappyInternationalWomensDay#SelfCareThursday#LoveThySelf#SelfLoveIsTheBestLove#MentalHealthAwareness#Wellness#WomensMentalHealthAwareness#Santuur

It is commonly believed that depression is an inevitable part of ageing (CMHA, 2018). It is not. Older adults can be at greater risk of developing depression due to the many changes they are likely to experience in their roles and social network. An older adult with depression needs just as much support as any other person, regardless of their age. However, because of myths like these, as well as problems with a lack of awareness and social isolation amongst older people (HelpGuide, 2018), depression in this population can often be overlooked. Myths like these can result in the exclusion of people with mental health problems from our communities and create barriers to wellbeing (CMHA, 2018). As rightly stated by the Canadian Mental Health Association (2018): “If we want to reduce the impact of mental illnesses on our communities, we need to learn the facts and start with our own assumptions and behaviours.” Myth source: CMHA (2018)

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...and don’t you forget it! ☺️#santuur #youareenough #youareworthy #youmatter

It’s eating disorders awareness week. This year’s theme is “let’s get real” and therefore the perfect time to bust myths about eating disorders (NEDA, 2018). Today we target the myth that “eating disorders are not serious; they are a lifestyle choice or about vanity” (NEDC, 2018). This idea is simply false. Eating disorders are characterised by severe disturbances surrounding their eating behaviours, exercising, and related self-harm because of disturbances in their thoughts and behaviours. In addition to the psychological distress, eating disorders can also result in major physical complications. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health conditions and should therefore be taken very seriously. Although concerns about body image can play a role in the development of an eating disorder, this is not the case for some people. Despite the potential long recovery period and the risks to physical health, it should be emphasised that recovery and an improved quality of life is possible with the right treatment and support. Read our most recent Santuur Stories post on a Somali male who experienced problems with an eating disorder and how he recovered!

#mythonmonday #santuur #eatingdisorderawareness #recoveryispossible #somalimentalhealthmatters #nohealthwithoutmentalhealth

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder (Mind, 2018) that causes a particular pattern of thoughts and behaviours (NHS, 2018). There are different types of OCD, of which one does revolve around contamination and cleanliness (Netdoctor, 2018). By only focusing on cleanliness, however, society can undermine the great difficulties of living with OCD, which can mean constant and intrusive unwelcome thoughts and anxiety, and can be very debilitating. Some people might even make jokes about it, which can be frustrating and upsetting to an individual (Mind, 2018). For more information about OCD and the different types of symptoms (e.g., checking rituals) visit www.mind.org.uk or the NHS choices website.
Myth source: Netdoctor (2018)

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Just a little Friday reminder that it’s ok to have ups and downs in your personal journey. All you can do is keep trying :) #healingisnotlinear #santuur #somalimentalhealthmatters

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