Refugee Wellness Country Guide: Federal Republic of Somalia
This two-page guide is intended for service providers working with resettled refugees from the Federal Republic of Somalia. It contains a timeline, statistics, and an overview of the civil war and ongoing violence in Somalia, detailing the high prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and generalized anxiety disorder in resettled Somalis. Tips for resettlement workers and mental health professionals are provided, including words and phrases in Somali, and insights on the symptomatic expression of distress through physical symptoms. The guide discusses current healthcare systems in Somalia, clarifying that though Somalis are generally comfortable accessing primary care through a hospital or clinic, Somali primary care facilities lack integrated mental health care; poor treatment of patients contributes to stigma and barriers to accessing mental health services. It examines Somali beliefs and customs with regard to adverse mental health symptoms, traditional community support networks, and commonly utilized mental health interventions.
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