Somali Hayaan Project

About the service

The term ‘Hayaan’ in Somali is a nomadic term meaning ‘Moving on to a better place’. The project offers an innovative approach to build up an infrastructure within the community by recruiting and training a team of ‘peer campaigners’ from the local Somali communities to help increase awareness of and access to mental health support to the wider Somali community living in Harrow.

The project aims to:

1. Help reduce the sense of isolation experienced by Somalis with mental health difficulties
2. Help increase well-being and self-confidence of Somali mental health service users
3. Provide advocacy and interpreting support to Somali mental health service users to help them understand and access mental health and other social welfare services

What do we offer?

The project is open to members from the Somali community living in London. You must be 18 years and over and affected by mental health issues or supporting someone (Carer) who is affected by mental health issues.

If you or someone you know is affected by emotional distress or mental health issues and you/they are experiencing problems in accessing services or you/they don’t know what sort of help they can access you should contact us to attend our Group sessions or Advocacy:

Group Sessions: You can attend our free sessions run by an Advocate and Peer Educators, which we hold every month at Harrow Healthy Living Centre, 38-40 High Street, Wealdstone, HA3 7AE and at 202 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7JP fortnightly on Thursdays between 12-2.30pm. Refreshments are provided. The free sessions include ‘Information Meetings’ and ‘Support Sessions’.

Information Meetings: At these meetings we invite professionals to talk about relevant issues impacting the community to ensure that people are kept up to date with services they can access, and to have an opportunity to meet the professionals who can support them e.g. housing, Jobcentre Plus, Health professionals etc.

Support Sessions: These sessions are open to members of the community to act as a place where important issues are discussed and people offer mutual support.

Advocacy: Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, ensure their rights, present their interests and obtain services they need.

Service access criteria: Member of the Somali community living in London and over 18 years old
Advocacy for carers
Advocacy for social care clients
Asylum seekers and refugee support
Mental health support
Connecting with others
Information and advice
Mental health
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Non English speaking friendly
Waiting list (weeks): 1
Key words - separate with a comma: Somali, community, mental health, advocacy, information, advice, group, lecture, support
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