There is wide spread of mental illness in Somaliland due to numerous factors; post war syndrome, unemployment, poverty, climate change affecting agriculture and inaccessibility of proper treatments. As a result, mentally ill people are often chained at home by relatives in the fear of losing them altogether and hence some of them become disabled by prolonged chain confinement. Our aim is to Free 150 people who are chained at home by proper diagnosis and medication from a qualified psychiatrist
The prevalence of mental illness in Somaliland is thought to be the highest in the world. It is estimated that at least one person has some form of mental illness in every two households. Those who can not afford private clinics are often left other than to chain their loved ones at home. There's lack of understanding in mental illness and fear of stigma so people don't receive treatment at early stages. Most regions in Somaliland don't have mental health clinics which leaves people helpless.
150 people who are affected by mental illness will receive proper diagnoses and badly needed treatment. As a result they will either learn to live with mental illness or their mental faculty and dignity will be restored. Those who are cured will contribute to part of the society. Somaliland Mental Health can get highly qualified individuals such psychiatrist, mental health nurses and psychologists but we need the funding to carry this life-saving project.
This project will help those 150 people to received proper assessment and treatment, they will also be better aware of mental illness issues. Also their families will resume normal life again, once an individual is able to take care of themselves. The benefit for the region is stigma awareness and better information about mental illness. The benefit for country as a whole is changing mentality towards mental-illness, networking with villagers and remote regions.