Proposed changes to a Mental Health Service for the Somali community

Closed 1 Sep 2016

Opened 1 Jul 2016

Overview

The mental health needs of the Somali community living in Sheffield are influenced by a range of historical, cultural and socio-economic factors which (though not unique to the Somali community) present a range of challenges for the community and service providers.

Research shows that 1 in 4 people will have a mental health problem in their life time. A 2009 study of Somali refugees found around 1 in 3 suffered from long-term illnesses, including mental health conditions. The most common problems are anxiety and depression.

The Maan service currently provides a culturally sensitive service for adults of Somali heritage.  This includes: one-to-one support to individuals experiencing mental health conditions (plus carers and families). The project assists members of the community with mental health problems at all stages, from conversations with their GP, hospitals admissions and discharge, future GP appointments, accommodation and reintegration into the community.

Referrals to the service come from the community, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSCT), and other agencies.  Most of the vulnerable services users are in contact with SHSCT.  The service is currently funded by Public Health. However it is proposed that funding for the existing Maan service will end and Public Health support for mental health in the Somali community will be provided in a different way. 

Proposals for a preventative health and wellbeing service for the Somali community could include:

  • Help people to manage their own health and wellbeing, and to seek professional help when appropriate.
  • Promote and encourage action to prevent health problems
  • Help community groups and individuals to have healthy lifestyles
  • To network with other community groups and service providers and help people from the Somali community engage with other services
  • To raise awareness of mental health conditions, promote wellbeing and reduce myths and stigma around mental health within the Somali community.  For example, this could involve working with other organisations and community groups to develop health campaigns to help the Somali community better understand mental health and the services which are available.

Events

  • Mothers of Burngreave, c/o Rite Turn office, 197 Verdon Street, S3 9QS

    From 12 Jul 2016 at 10:00 to 12 Jul 2016 at 11:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team

  • Rite Turn office, 197 Verdon Street, S3 9QS

    From 13 Jul 2016 at 12:00 to 13 Jul 2016 at 13:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team

  • Carers Group, Furnival, Verdon Street, S3 9QS

    From 19 Jul 2016 at 11:00 to 19 Jul 2016 at 12:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team

  • Carers Group, Furnival, Verdon Street, S3 9QS

    From 26 Jul 2016 at 11:00 to 26 Jul 2016 at 12:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team

  • ITCSSS, 2 Burngreave Vestry Hall, S3 9DD

    From 27 Jul 2016 at 11:00 to 27 Jul 2016 at 12:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team
    MEN ONLY session

  • ISRAAC, Vestry Hall, 54 Cemetery Road, S11 8FP

    From 1 Aug 2016 at 12:00 to 1 Aug 2016 at 13:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team
    MEN ONLY session

  • ISRAAC, Vestry Hall, 54 Cemetery Road, S11 8FP

    From 3 Aug 2016 at 12:00 to 3 Aug 2016 at 13:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team
    MEN ONLY session

  • Somali Womens Action Group. c/o ISRAAC, Vestry Hall, 54 Cemetery Road, S11 8FP

    From 4 Aug 2016 at 13:00 to 4 Aug 2016 at 14:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team
    WOMEN ONLY session

  • ITCSSS, 2 Burngreave Vestry Hall, S3 9DD

    From 16 Aug 2016 at 11:00 to 16 Aug 2016 at 12:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team
    WOMEN ONLY session

  • Somali Womens Action Group, c/o ISRAAC, Vestry Hall, 54 Cemetery Road, S11 8FP

    From 17 Aug 2016 at 13:00 to 17 Aug 2016 at 14:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team
    WOMEN ONLY session

  • Rite Turn, 197 Verdon Street, S3 9QS

    From 18 Aug 2016 at 12:00 to 18 Aug 2016 at 13:30

    The Somali community can discuss the proposals face to face with a member of the consultation team

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Black and Minority Ethnic People

Interests

  • Keeping Healthy and Well, Accessing Care and Support