Horn of Africa Mental Health Association (HAMHA) is a 501(c)(3) non-governmental and non-profit organization founded in 2019 by Ali Robleh. He envisions this organization will aid in the mental health education of California parents and children alike, with the active involvement of community associations and interfaith organizations. While a particular focus is placed on the issues concerning community members, high school age up to college aged students. The workshops and courses provided by HAMHA will be open to any interested party.
Like other formerly unknown and under researched illnesses of the past that have caused social anxiety, exclusion and stigma among those who live with the illness, mental illness is misunderstood to the detriment of our communities social health and progress. Superstition (such as belief in the ‘evil eye,’ spiritual possession, or that a mental illness stems from black magic) and maintaining one’s reputation are two strong factors that deter families from seeking treatment or even gaining an understanding of what their loved one is going through.
Since 2010, Ali Robleh has worked diligently as a peer support worker within the Ethnic & Cultural Community Advisory Committee (ECCAC) with the Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health.
Ali Robleh is a certified instructor of Adult Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) and Youth Mental Heath First Aid (YMHFA).
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