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Somali Mental Health Day Conference
Mon 27 March 2017, 09:30 – 17:30 BST
Mental illness can affect anyone. Yet mental illness is often poorly understood, stigmatised, and organisations working to address issues find themselves under-resourced. When it comes to Somalis, to date, very little research or policy attention has focused on how to improve outcomes for members of this diverse community dealing with mental illness. Somalis tend to have a unique and distinct perception of mental illness and wellbeing, bringing particular challenges and opportunities. This conference aims to explore these, and to develop and consolidate partnerships with public, private, and third sector stakeholders to support and empower people with mental illness so that they may thrive.
What is the conference about?
The one day conference will focus on raising awareness and developing interventions that improve outcomes for Somalis and their families who are experiencing mental illness. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to participate in any of the following four breakout sessions:
a) Khat rehabilitation
b) Reducing barriers to accessing mainstream services
c) Improving outcomes for Somalis with autism
d) Integrating Islamic and traditional therapies with mainstream services to improve outcomes
Who should attend?
- Staff working with Somali and BMER service users with, or at risk, of developing mental illness
- Statutory agencies and policy makers
- Anyone interested in improving outcomes for people with mental illness
**Refreshments and warm lunch will be provided