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The Project aim is to raise awareness of problematic Khat use within the Somali community as well as working with people who have Khat misuse problems.
Misuse of Khat can cause serious damaging consequences both to your physical and mental health such as loss of appetite, mouth ulcers, hepatitis, gastric, gum disease, oral cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, tuberculosis, paranoia, anxiety, depression, hearing voices, hallucination and Khat induced psychosis. Over use of pesticides as a fertiliser may also lead to physical ill health.
What is Khat?
Khat grows naturally on the high altitudes in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Khat contains stimulant substances known as cathinone and cathine have similar effects to amphetamine.
Objectives of the project:
To promote access to appropriate support for members of the Somali community with Khat misuse problems who may or may not have suffered mental health issues and are at risk of social exclusions.
• Minimise Khat use in London Borough of Tower Hamlets
• Education and raise awareness of the risks link to Kat to community members and professionals
• Harm reduction programme
• Working in partnership with professionals such as Drugs Services, Early Intervention Teams, CMHT’s and Assertive Outreach Team
• Diversionary activities, sports / gym activities, education programmes and access to employment
• Providing support for mental health professional whose clients also use Khat
Current activities and harm reduction approach:
• One to one assessment, recovery star and personal action plan
• Advise and information on the risk of Khat misuse to the community and professionals
• Engage with the community to raise the awareness of problematic Khat use by visiting Khat Houses (Mafresh). Communites Centres, Mosques and social clubs
• Weekly drop in on Tuesdays between 10am to 16:00pm - this is a group session to discuss mental health promotions, dual diagnosis, hearing voices, medication and community treatment order etc.
• By also empowering Khat users to reduce their Khat intake, as well as providing support with other substance such as alcohol, drug misues by referring them to the appropriate agencies
|Monday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
|Tuesday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
|Wednesday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
|Thursday||From 09:00||To 17:00|
|Friday||From 09:00||To 17:00|