Why mental health

“Millions of people worldwide have mental health conditions and an estimated one in four people globally will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.“ (United Nations)

We believe that people can recover from the most serious mental health problems, and they can live satisfying, hopeful, and contributing lives within the limitations caused by their illness.

For too long, people with mental health challenges have been denied sustainable recovery options and made to feel different, ostracised, and unwanted. They are often denied a family, social and work life. Attitudes towards mental ill health often prevents them from accessing employment and housing which can lead to a lifelong state of economic and social exclusion.

Our experience has shown that good quality community-based mental health care puts people with mental health problems at the centre of support and treatment and provides them with tools and support for driving their own recovery.  Taking a holistic approach, it is important to collaborate with relatives and communities in their recovery plan and processes.

A young mother suffering from post-partum depression feels her child is better off without her. People in her family or community often believe she is not a good mother. She needs good mental health care. She needs help to remember to be proud of how good a mother she is.

A middle-aged man suffering from psychosis since he was a boy.  He has lived in small, dark, decrepit rooms in mental institutions.  He ate mostly poor food and others decided what he should eat. He has dressed in clothes others told him to wear.

A man who could not finish school or keep a job because of his illness. A man who is as afraid of himself as others are of him. So afraid that he often contemplated suicide.

He needs mental health care and help remembering to be proud of himself, of his strengths, and talents, and ambitions and resources.

Our mission is to enable mental health systems deliver care that
empowers people with mental health problems to claim back their
meaning in life, their dignity, their health.

Did you know...

Mental health disorders make up 10% of the global disease burden. That’s 30% of all non-fatal diseases.
Depression affects more than 264 million people. It’s also one of the leading causes of disability.
People with sever mental health disorders have a life expectancy 10-20 years less than people who don’t.
Almost 8000,000 people commit suicide every year. That’s 1 person every 40 seconds. And suicide is the leading cause of death for people 15-29 years old.

Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental health condition.

Globally, the economy loses roughly US $1 trillion per year in productivity because of depression and anxiety.

 Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

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