Goal: Improve the availability and quality of mental health services in Western Africa.
In developing countries, individuals suffering from mental illness are often marginalized by their communities. At times, adverse community reaction to mentally ill patients leads to further abuse. This negative reaction is typically due to a poor understanding of mental illness.
While a few undeveloped countries have facilities that offer mental health care, they are often insufficient. Primary health-care workers are integral for the delivery of quality mental health services and our training programs for them significantly improve treatment.
We demystify mental illness for them by providing knowledge about and compassion for the sufferers of these confusing diseases. Church leaders are also mentored through counseling courses. Additional community-based training includes two-day workshops for teachers and social workers, prison workers, and military leaders.