Fight against mental illness

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Victims of mental illness in Somaliland on SMHSO pamphlet; Photo credits: Nivedita Chatterjee

Somaliland Mental Health Support Organisation in Butetown, Cardiff is channelling aid and support to people in Somaliland. 

Somaliland has been a crisis zone for years due to the civil war that started in Somalia. It has been devastating for the people who have been through it. The civil war and constant conflicts have left a horrific impact on its citizens. There are many charity organisations and human rights organisations, who are trying to improve the condition of the country.

Nasir Geeljire, the founder of SMHSO. Photo credits: Nivedita Chatterjee

Nasir Geeljire, the founder of SMHSO.
Photo credits: Nivedita Chatterjee

Somaliland Mental Health Organisation (SMHSO) is a Cardiff-born charity organisation that is also trying to contribute as much as it can to make their life better. They work with Hargeisa Group Hospital of Somaliland. They try to raise funds through different activities but because it is new not many people know about it. Nasir Geeljire, the founder of the charity said that with a better, specialised team and an active social media participation they can create more awareness about mental illness.

Adam Yusuf, the treasurer of SMHSO. Photo Credits: Nivedita Chatterjee

Adam Yusuf, the treasurer of SMHSO.
Photo Credits: Nivedita Chatterjee

Mental illness has a social stigma attached to it. It becomes worse for the victim because of isolation and denial. Adam Yusuf tells that apart from the impact of the war, it is also the issue of substance abuse that contributes to mental illness. The organisation expresses that Somaliland is in dire need of expert medical help. Iyan Hassan who is from Somaliland and works in Women Connect First said,” We are in denial”. She thinks one of the biggest reason for its existence is that people are not willing to accept it and not ready to go for proper medical help.

Mental illness has been a huge issue in Somaliland. There are not many mental health care centres in Somaliland. Lack of proper medical centres and support has made the situation worse.

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