Mental Health in Africa
Mental health services and the treatment of mental health conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia in most parts of Africa is appaulling. People suffering from psychiatric disorders in sub Saharan Africa and other countries in Africa continue to face the stigma of their condition even as they go undiganosed and untreated. Mental health education and psychiatric interventions are lacking. Funding for the training of mental health providers and the availability of drugs to treat these conditions remain one of IOAN priorities. Those suffering from these conditions end up in the streets with no where to go or no one to turn to for help.
We refuse to accept the statosquo of mental health in most African countries. Together with partner organizations, we shall seek ways of:
Encouraging the de-stigmatization of persons suffering from mental health conditions
Improving access to mental health professionals
Educate and train nurses in mental health
Educate and train, across cultures, community members about mental health conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, and the need for psychiatric pharmacological interventions as appropriate.