Intrigues of Accessing Mental Health Services Among Urban Refugees Living in Kenya: The Case of Somali Refugees Living in Eastleigh, Nairobi

Victoria Mutiso, Abdulkadir Hussein Warsame, Edna Bosire, Christine Musyimi, Abednego Musau, Maimuna Mohamud Isse, David M. Ndetei*

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Abstract

This article explores the perceived mental-health-care access barriers affecting the resettled refugee population in Eastleigh, Kenya. Findings suggest that the main barriers to accessing mental health care are cultural and religious beliefs, inadequate health services, culture-insensitive mental health services, poverty, language barriers, stigma, and discrimination. This study recommends that it is important to integrate Somalis' indigenous methods of treatment of mental illnesses into Western methods of treatment in Kenya to provide a wide spectrum of mental help to refugees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Volume2018
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • access
  • barriers
  • Kenya
  • mental health care
  • primary health care
  • Somali refugees

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