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.

001Hammond-Condemned_002
002Hammond-Condemned_013
003Hammond-Condemned_065
004Hammond-Condemned_097
005_45A5948
006_45A1823
007Hammond-Condemned_085
008_MG_4324
009Hammond-Condemned_051
010Hammond-Condemned_087
011Hammond-Condemned_080
012_45A8536
013_45A8598
014_MG_5613
015_45A5321
016_45A5116
017_45A4866
018_MG_7508
019_MG_1640
020_45A0669
021Hammond-Condemned_008
022_45A6002
023_45A0582
024_45A8880