Somali health professionals grapple with mental health stigma

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The UN held a capacity-building workshop for mental health professionals in Baidoa, the capital of Somalia's South West state. Photo: UNifeed

Many Somalis commonly called "crazy" are actually suffering from mental illness, often brought on by years of conflict and loss.

That's one of the lessons learned at a recent UN workshop for mental health professionals in Baidoa, the capital of Somalia's South West state, organized by the UN Assistance Mission in the country, UNSOM.

The training sessions held over three days in late July, aimed to help staff from the city's main prison, psychiatric hospital and other facilities, to overcome the stigma often associated with mental health disorders.

Matt Wells has more.

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