Just a few nights ago, we sat with the national mental health leaders from three African countries. All three of these nations, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic, are experiencing poverty, conflict, and displacement. With few resources, these leaders are each working to find ways to give practical help to the people they serve.
In most developing countries, there are not enough mental health professionals to serve the population. Mental health is not understood, and people who are struggling are met with fear and even abuse. Training for informal service providers – church leaders, healthcare and social workers, police, and others – plays a vital role in the health of a nation.
This month, seventy-eight new providers had 40 hours of training through a collaboration with Mercy Ships. We’ll share some of their stories in the coming weeks.
We believe this recent time in Cameroon will have a positive effect on an entire region of Africa. Despite the wars, trauma, and suffering, God is working. It is a privilege to witness His faithfulness. Would you please keep these leaders in prayer?