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Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Program-Sierra Leone, came into full function in February, 2012 with Joshua Abioseh Duncan serving as Country Facilitator. This very much needed Mental Health Intervention project, in compliment with other recently established Mental Health institutions/organizations are working doggedly to help deal with the mental health challenge facing the country. It is clear according to statistics that:

1. The rebel war and its corresponding effects,
2. The state of poverty and the optional use of drugs
3.  As well as sexual, domestic violence and other social related problems coupled with religious and traditional beliefs to name but a few has made the situation of mental health alarming.

FOCUS OF mhLAP-SIERRA LEONE


mhLAP-SL aims to deal with this problem through its formed Stakeholders’ council/Coalition established to not only do sensitization programs but also to advocate for and on behalf of better policies regarding service users and care givers.


 

To be able to achieve this goal, certain activities have been mapped out towards a deliberate designed end. Below are some major ones:

1.  Securing an office space provided by the Enabling Access to Mental Health in Sierra Leone program. It is situated at Bass Street 3, Brookfields, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
2.  Doing a mapping out program for a situational analysis that is to commence shortly.
3.  Identify with justifications a total of five actively and highly placed mental health (interested) workers and prepare them for an advocacy and leadership training course in Ibadan, Nigeria.
4.  Organize and do training programs for local members based on already gained values at Ibadan, Nigeria
5.  Ensure that the stakeholders’ council/ coalition is registered according to the country registration standard(s).
6.  Work with stakeholders’ council/coalition and networking with other same minded organization to push for the:

Pass of the mental health policy
The review of the outdated Mental health (Lunacy) Act
Full implementation on the already completed strategic plan


7.  Join other credible mental health organization to observe/celebrate the World Mental Health Day
8.  Conduct Council’s leadership and General membership Meetings
9.  Do Sensitization and training Workshops

The mhLAP Project has been made known to many mh organizations and its relevance is been welcomed by many who looks forward to the mitigation of mental health related challenges.

CONCLUSION

For more information contacts could be made with:

Joshua Abioseh Duncan Country Facilitator- mental health Leadership and Advocacy Program (mhLAP) Bass Street 3, Brookfields, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mobile Numbers: +23230408100/+23233833610/+23278982554 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Comments on our Training

I have been an advocate for 3 years now but I have never been so equipped like I did with this training and it will go to show even in my work as a radio presenter, even in areas that are not Mental Health related.

Lamin K. Sanyang, The Gambia

“The training has made me a better presenter and producer. I have written down topics that could be discussed on my programme. I also plan to reach out to the president’s wife NGO on the issue of mental health through the advocacy skills I have learnt from the training and then produce jingles in between programmes on mental health

Fatima Hassan, Markudi, Nigeria

 

“I am grateful for this opportunity to come to Nigeria and be part of this training, I feel greatly empowered”

Boniface Chitayi, Kenya

 

“I have attended lots of training but this mhLAP training has more positive impact on me than all other trainings I have attended. I have learnt the skills I need to advocate for mental health issues. I plan to factor in mental health into the district work plan in Sierra Leone

Hannah Bockarie, Sierra Leone

 

“The course was a great awakening. I feel a great burden in my heart because I now realize that there is much work to be done. I plan to adopt two PHCs in Osun state and offer free psychiatrist ser

Opakunle Tolulope, Osun, Nigeria

 

‘It was a nice multicultural experience from different African countries and a means of networking. Thank you very much’

Roseline –A – Okoth, University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences, Kenya

 

 

‘The course was very interesting, informative, educative and very interactive. The application of group work after every lecture also facilitates practical applicability of all the lectures. I have learnt various multidimensional means of promoting, preventing and carrying out advocacy for many areas of mental health disorders. I congratulate the organizers for a great work’

Dr. A.O Coker

‘Exposure to mental health care perspectives from various countries has given me a well rounded perspective of mental health care in Africa’

 

Aneshrey Moodley,  Consultant psychiatrist, South Africa

‘I had a good experience both with the facilitators and co-participants. This is more in terms of the multidisciplinary approach to mental health issues. There was clear absence of over simplified assumptions for professional convenience (psychiatrists).’

 

Akpoju Ogbole Samuel, Programme Officer, Nigeria

‘Learning took place formally during the session and during the group work. Significant learning also took place during informal interaction out of session learning about the experiences in different country. I feel better equipped to function in the stakeholder council and also in my work as head of a faith based health need’

 

Walter Carew, Executive Director, (CHASL) Sierra Leone

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