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


Dear Santuur Followers,
Our apologies for the lack of posts. Santuur is taking a little break to catch up on admin and important background work to ensure we deliver the best kind of service for you. In the meantime, please look after your mental health. If you'd still like to contact us, you can DM us or email us at info@santuur.com. Access to our email/inbox will be limited, but we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. All the best and see you soon Insha'Allah ☺️!

"It's so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse." #SomaliMentalHealthMatters #mhaw2017 #May #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #mentalhealthmonth #showsupport #showunity #lovearmyforsomalia #mentalhealthlovearmy #getinvolved👆🏾

Life in the diaspora can often be difficult for migrants, such as Somali people. The consequences of the war as well as difficulties with employment, isolation, racism, literacy, and Khat use have all been identified as factors that can impact their sense of belonging, identity, as well as the mental health of the Somali community (Gabriel & Ritchie, 2002). Unfortunately, Somali people tend to show reluctance to seek professional help for mental health problems, given the stigma that is associated with the use of mental health services, further complicated by a mistrust and misunderstanding of mental health services. This is in light of evidence that illustrates that migrants already face more barriers in access to health care than the general population (Rask et., 2015). It is vital that these complex issues are addressed when developing mental health services that are appropriate to the needs of Somali people.
#SomaliMentalHealthMatters #SMHM #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealth #StopTheStigma #StartTheConversation #LetsTalkMentalHealth #Santuur #MHAW17

The experience of a mental health problem is often a natural response to a difficult or traumatic experience. It does not mean you are not religious enough. It does not mean you are not man enough. It does not mean you are weak. It just means you are human. Mental illness does not discriminate. Nobody should be shamed for seeking or receiving help. Be supportive of one another, stand up for each other, and help stop the stigma! (Image source: SANE charity)
#SomaliMentalHealthMatters #SMHM #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #StopTheStigma #StartTheConversation #LetsTalkMentalHealth #Santuur #MHAW17

Good Morning Everyone!
As the end of the week approaches, you may be starting to lack in energy and feel a little run down!

Did you know that positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.

This is the perfect moment to challenge yourself !
1. When talking, try to use positive words only. ... 2. Push your negative feelings away and stay focused on the positive things in life. ... 3. Fill your thoughts with words that invoke strength and success. ... 4. Create a positive affirmation on your mind.

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health.
#MHAW17 #Santuur #positivethinker #becausementalhealthmatters #SMHM #newdaynewway #positive #gettingmotivatedeveryday #SomaliMentalHealthMatters

Somali people experiencing mental health problems not only have to deal with the symptoms of their disorder but also prejudice, stigma and discrimination.

The family may keep the person with mental health problems a secret, isolate them and minimise their symptoms. People in the community may fear them and call them names.

This can cause people to not disclose that they are experiencing problems and perhaps even acknowledge that they are themselves. Overall leading to a deterioration in symptoms and poor recovery.

This stigma that is associated with mental health problems in our Somali community needs to be tackled because it can happen to anyone regardless of status, ethnicity and iman (faith). Remember #SomaliMentalHealthMatters
#santuur #smhm #somali #somalimentalhealth #mentalhealth

Many Somalis with mental illness are socially isolated. The pain of this isolation is felt especially intensely because Somali culture is traditionally communal and family oriented.
It's time to talk about mental health within our community. Reach out to people, listen, and let them know they're not alone.
#mhaw17#spreadawareness#shareknowledge#educationisthekey#educationispower#mentalhealthmatters#somalimentalhealthmatters #smhm

It's mental health awareness week! Unfortunately mental health remains a taboo in the Somali community and it's our job to change that. Santuur is dedicated to make a positive change and start the much needed discussions with YOU! Please join in the conversation and share this logo. Show everyone that Somali Mental Health Matters. Let's make this go viral!
#SomaliMentalHealthMatters #SMHM #StopTheStigma #StartTheConversation #LetsTalkMentalHealth #Santuur @baba_ali_ltd

Varies studies have shown that the most commonly endorsed causal attributions of mental ill health in the Somali community are jinn(possession), jealousy (related to polygamous relationships), and various life problems. The actual most common casual attribution categories are life experiences and interpersonal causes of the development mental health difficulties.


Now on BBC iPlayer: "Why Did I Go Mad?" This documentary follows the lives of three people living with psychosis. It explores the different types of treatment (e.g., the use of virtual reality) as well as the underlying causes, including the biological factors (e.g., excess of dopamine) and the psychological and social factors such as adversity, trauma, and migration. Very insightful and worth a watch!
#psychosis #mentalhealth #BBCHorizon

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