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.
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