Somalia’s Psychiatry SOS

There are only 3 psychiatrists and 5 WHO-recognized mental health centers in Somalia where 1 in 3 people has some form of mental illness. 
 
Decades of war and a staggering 80% unemployment rate exacerbate the crisis. Men are particularly vulnerable and often denied treatment. Some are sent to prison by family members unable to care for them. Medical resources are strained, and shackling is a widespread practice. 
 
The growing crisis may even perpetuate instability in Somalia. “All this violence and killing could be the manifestation of a wider problem,” says psychiatrist Abdurahman Ali Awale.
 
The New Humanitarian

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