By Reuben Sei Waylaun
Cultivation For Users’ Hope (CFUH), a national based nongovernmental organization is expected to launch the National Mental Health Campaign Tuesday May 21, 2019 at a local hotel in Monrovia.
The event is a media roundtable where mental health service users, mental health workers and the Liberia media stakeholders will discuss how to improve relations and promote partnership aimed at supporting the national campaign.
It can be recalled Liberia in 2016 launched the Mental Health Policy and Strategic plan in which it is seeking to improve the general quality of care for persons with mental ill health in Liberia and their overall wellbeing.
Accordingly, this plan is said to be implemented at a snail pace due to many constraints, among which is the lack of funding and technical capacity.
Meanwhile, Cultivation For Users’ Hope (CFUH) said with the huge challenges facing persons with mental illness in Liberia, there is a need to reinforce efforts at all levels to achieve the goals outlined in the National Mental Health Strategic Plan.
“Our campaign’s objective is to promote sustained national awareness aimed towards attracting the resources required for the full effective, accountable and transparent implementation of Liberia’s national mental health policy and strategic plan, spanning till 2021,” CFUH said in a communication.
Supported by The Carter Center Mental Health Program, Cultivation For Users’ Hope (CFUH) advocates with stakeholders and policy makers to ensure that persons living with mental illness receive the requisite attention and services they need to fully enjoy life on an equal basis with others.
Cultivation For Users’ Hope (CFUH) is involved into community engagement and outreach, working with families and communities to raise awareness about mental illnesses, fighting the abuses and violence and stigma that persons living with mental illnesses face.
It is also involved into sustainable livelihood development, psychosocial support and peer counselling among others. Cultivation For Users’ Hope (CFUH) wants to see a Liberia where persons living with mental illnesses live on an equal basis with others; where they face no discrimination and there will be no violence and abuses against them. The group said it is guided by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. TNR