More mental health cases need support

The International Women’s Association of Namibia (IWAN), in support of the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Correctional Services, recently provided donations to help meet the needs of patients with mental health challenges.
At the Mental Health Unit at the Central Hospital in Windhoek, IWAN supplied eight concrete benches and three concrete tables and benches for the visitors’ area, built and installed by Otto’s Garden Products in Windhoek.
The benches provide much-needed seating space for patients and visitors. IWAN also prepared 100 toiletry packs for patients at the Gobabis Correctional Facility, to the value of N$6,000. This donation was very happily received, according to IWAN, as many of the patients have very little resources of their own.
“It is estimated that across the world, one in four people are affected by a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. However, mental health conditions are often under-recognised and under-treated. IWAN has recognised this global challenge and specifically its impact on Namibia by giving its support to the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Correctional Service to help meet the needs of patients with mental health challenges who are in their care” the association said.
According to IWAN Chair, Desire de Waal,“It is wonderful to be able to give support to these patients and to bring some attention to the importance of mental health care here in Namibia and across the world.”
Rachel Coomer, a member of the Mental Health Care Centre Hospital Board Windhoek, said, “Mental health care service provision is under-resourced and this donation provides much-needed support for the patients. It is a great morale boost for patients and staff alike”.

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