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Research Paper | Social Work | Somalia | Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023
Exploring Participatory Approaches in Community - Based Mental Health Interventions for Internally Displaced Populations: Lessons from Mogadishu, Somalia
Abstract: This article delves into the intricate mental health and psycho - social challenges that emerge within the context of humanitarian crises caused by internal displacement during conflict and instability. Focusing on internally displaced populations IDPs in Mogadishu, Somalia, the study investigates the efficacy of employing a participatory approach in community - based mental health and psycho - social support interventions. By analyzing both qualitative data from interviews and discussions and quantitative data from surveys, the research unveils the manifold benefits of participatory interventions, including community ownership, cultural resonance, increased trust, diminished stigma, and long - term sustainability. Nonetheless, the study also identifies pertinent challenges related to power dynamics, cultural diversity, and striking a balance between professional expertise and community input. The findings emphasize the pivotal role of community empowerment, cultural sensitivity, and collaborative engagement between mental health professionals and IDPs. This research provides a nuanced understanding of how participatory interventions influence the mental well - being of IDPs, thereby offering valuable insights for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers dedicated to enhancing mental health and psycho - social support strategies within displacement settings.
Keywords: participatory interventions, mental health, psycho - social support, internally displaced populations, community empowerment
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 8, August 2023,
Pages: 1545 - 1550