Our Story

    Our Mental Health Story

    About Us

    Mental Care-Liberia is a non-profit organization created by a team of Liberians with the burning desire to change the narrative of mental health and illness in Liberia. Given our diverse professions, we came together with the realization that we could all to help make a difference. We focus on raising awareness on mental health and illness as well as creating a platform to allow mentally challenged young Liberians to talk about their crisis. We also serve as a link We aim to connect service users to mental health professionals.

    Online, Mental Care-Liberia has successfully adopted and developed various social media techniques and strategies to shine the light and draw public attention to mental health and illnesses through our primary online channels: a website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Mental Care-Liberia offers suicide/distress hotline, which provides suicide intervention as well as mental health first aid to callers experiencing crisis; all of whom we subsequently referred to appropriate professionals for specialized care. Mental Care-Liberia works assiduously to help all people prevent and overcome mental disorders, providing adequate information, education, encouragement, and support for people living with either mild or severe mental illness.

    The Problem

    Mental illness is a silent, yet dangerous disease that has penetrated our society and is slowly ruining lives like any physical illness. ​The anguish of Liberia’s mental health status is an age-old tale. Since the founding of Liberia, it has owned just one mental health hospital. ​After 14 years of civil unrest Liberia’s psychological state was diminished further. The war resulted in trauma, depression and other forms of mental illnesses while destroying every effort that was previously made to improve mental health care in Liberia. The only psychiatric hospital in the country lost all sustainable funding and was left without professionals and equipment resources. Liberians who were mentally ill were left to fend for themselves, resulting in a rise in homelessness. Although some children did not experience the war, growing up with traumatized parents have unconsciously affected them.

    In 2014, Liberia was hit again with another traumatic epidemic, the Ebola outbreak. The total number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of EVD are 10,666 and 4,806 deaths have been reported. Ebola has had a wide-ranging psychological impact as well as contributing to factors that exacerbate trauma and mental illness such as disruption and loss of livelihoods, pervasive fear, chronic illnesses and loss of educational opportunities, loss of loved ones and colleagues. Many of the Ebola survivors and families who lost family members to the disease continue to face significant stigma, mental health problems, abject poverty, family breakdown and hostility. The epidemic and civil crisis have left the streets of major cities and communities in Montserrado County filled with young people (usually called “Zogos”). This is alarming for a country that is opting to elevate from the k-stage of underdevelopment.

    Metal Care Liberia sees these situations as a long-term problem for the development of the young people and the country as a whole. In light of this, there is a huge demand for mental health education in Liberia.

     

    How We Work?

    Peer Support Group
    The group serves as a psychological intervention to bolster social-emotional and and sometimes instrumental support that is mutually offered or provided by persons having a mental health condition to others sharing a similar mental health condition.

    Education and Awareness
    This is a platform that encourages mental health literacy, provides assistance dealing with stigma and addresses mental health related issues associated with activities of daily living.

    Advocacy
    A movement aimed at giving mental illness a voice in Liberia and changing the narrative about mental health by telling new stories and providing information on issues relating to mental health. This is to bring about a desired social or personal change which normalises mental health conversation. Through advocacy initiatives, we engaged the government and international partners on providing quality mental health care for all.

    Innovative Solution
    Through our Crisis helpline we connect services users to mental health facilities.


    Targeted Beneficiaries

    Young people ages 12 years and older: Young people make up a bulk portion of the Liberian population and are the ones most affected. Focusing on them will do a great deal in making the next generation of adults mentally stable. We also work with young women and men who have direct contacts with adolescents and youths.

    Impact Timeline

    • November 2018- Mental Care-Liberia was established
    • December 2018- First informational Summit
    • February-March Establishment of Mental Health Club in 5 High Schools in Monrovia
    • May 2019- Official Launching and First High School Mental Health Club Awareness Program
    • November 2019 Official Opening of the Mental Health Crisis Helpline
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    Monrovia, Montserrado,
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