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New Routes' Immigrant Project 'Egal Shidad' Aims to Solve Somali Mental Health Problems through New Media
Date:3/31/2009

As stories of despair in the Somali immigrant community continue to make news headlines, one project is trying to make a positive impact on Somali mental health through new media. Egal Shidad: Stories of Somali Health, based in Minneapolis, is a DVD produced in late 2008 that has already had requests for nearly 700 copies in the US and abroad.

Madison, WI (PRWEB) March 31, 2009 -- As stories of despair in the Somali immigrant community continue to make news headlines, one project is trying to make a positive impact on Somali mental health through new media. Egal Shidad: Stories of Somali Health, based in Minneapolis, is a DVD produced in late 2008 that has already had requests for nearly 700 copies in the US and abroad.

The hour-long program was created by and for members of the Somali community, using Somali language and aspects of Somali culture to relay information and reduce barriers associated with mental health problems. Posted at www.newroutes.org/node/17368 and subtitled in English, the program was produced by Mukhtar Gaaddasaar.

"We take our audience on a journey to learn about mental health through storytelling, personal opinions, and insight from mental health professionals who work with Somalis," said Mukhtar Gaaddasaar, Egal Shidad producer. "We also include historical accounts of traditional ceremonies and guidance from an Imam. The approach has been well received and is making an impact at a time when it's needed more than ever."

Egal Shidad: Stories of Somali Health has aired multiple times in the Twin Cities on both radio and television. So far nearly 700 copies have been requested and distributed to parties in more than 22 states and 11 countries. A corresponding lesson for English Language Learners has been prepared.

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