Mental health in African countries in crisis
Sadly, in many countries around the world, neglect, incarceration, and immobilization of people living with mental health problems is an all-too-common human rights abuse that regularly occurs.
The problem can stem from governments unable or unwilling to fund treatment for the community’s most vulnerable people.
Further, wars, famines, and natural disasters have disastrous impacts on mental health, leaving people traumatized and without access to help. These crises can also destroy the physical infrastructure of care that would support people living with mental health problems and cause health professionals to flee.
The greatest barrier to proper care and treatment worldwide though is stigma. We cannot address mental health issues if no one talks about them. While the lives of those living with mental health problems are ignored, so is there suffering.
To document the mental health impact of crises in sub-Saharan Africa, Robin Hammond travelled to eleven countries. He documented the psychological results of conflicts and other disasters. He spent time with the displaced in refugee camps and saw the impact of corruption on facilities for people living with mental health problems.
This campaigning piece of photojournalism is an ongoing project.