WCBE Stories
11:51 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Somalis and the mental health issue

Columbus, OH – The Somali Community Association of Ohio estimates more than 40-thousand Somalis live in Central Ohio. The group offers a number of services to Somalis including job training and education as well as housing and child care assistance. While linking Somalis with existing services can be challenging, it's especially difficult when it comes to mental health issues--in part because of the way Somalis view mental illness, and on the part of services agencies who fail to understand that view. But there's an efrfort to improve that relationship not only in Central Ohio, but across the state. Mike Foley reports.