WELCOME TO SMHP NETWORK
If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go with others (African Proverb)
Psychosocial stressors including social trauma, loss and isolation, violence, human rights violations, prejudice, Islamophobia, social exclusions and other micro-aggressions have profound impact on mental health and wellbeing of Somali Communities. Yet, access to mental health services that are locally contextual and grounded in Somali communities’ specific experiences, and reflect their cultural and worldviews is limited. In fact, mental health practitioners continue to experience barriers in understanding the religio-cultural frame through which Somalis view healing.
The Somali Mental Health Professional Network (SMPH Network) is responding to this lack of access to appropriate and culturally responsive mental health services and supports by taking an important step towards finding a solution to this complex challenge. We are committed to improving access to quality care and to facilitate appropriate and culturally sensitive mental health supports for Somalis, in Somalia and in the Diaspora.