Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Maan Somali Mental Health Sheffield

Maan is a Somali community based charity, which was originally set up in 1992 to address the post-traumatic stress mental health issues facing the Somali community, and to act as a 'bridge' between the Somali community and mainstream health and social care services.

The challenges facing the Somali community in Sheffield are complex. Besides facing enormous cultural and language differences, the Somali community contends with racism, increasing Islamophobia, unemployment, or work insecure low paid jobs, often poor and inadequate housing, and a health and social care system that they can often find difficult to navigate.

Traditional Somali approaches to mental health are completely different to the broadly accepted medical and social models, which are employed widely in the UK today. Mental ill health carries stigma in all communities but within Somali society it is an absolute taboo subject. There is no Somali word for mental ill health, only the word for ‘madness/ craziness’. Traditionally, healing for these problems is often provided by religious leaders or traditional healers, and sometimes can exacerbate the problem.  

Maan addresses the mental health and related needs of the Somali community in Sheffield, enabling access for people with enduring mental health problems into services.

Save This Event

Event Saved