Train Faith Leaders to Tackle Africa’s Mental Health Needs

Africa, Headlines, Health


In countries like Malawi, there are simply not enough mental health professionals to go around. The local faith community can help fill this void. Credit: Unsplash /Melanie Wasser.

BLANTYRE, Malawi, Oct 14 2020 (IPS) – The world is actually in the throes of two pandemics. The first is COVID-19. The second is the wave of stress and anxiety, depression and substance use it has unleashed around the world. Most mental health disorders are treatable.

This so called “second pandemic” is raging in poor and wealthy countries alike. But across Africa, and in much of the Global South, people facing mental health crises have nowhere to turn.

The reason is that governments and aid agencies are not making the investments needed to provide these services. In the lead up to “World Mental Health Day,” the World Federation for Mental Health recently released new statistics on the share

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A symbol of community faith and trust | Opinion

I’m Joe Moravchik and I’m running to represent all of us in District 20B of the state Legislature. I’m not a politician but a proven leader with a background of police, teaching, coaching and community volunteer experience. The foundation of my leadership philosophy has centered around putting people in the best position to succeed, always abiding by the core values my parents instilled in me: integrity, humility, practicality, optimism and hard work. It is these values that would guide me as your representative. 

My police experience included patrol, evidence, field training, major crimes and command in one of the Midwest’s most violent cities. I was proud and humbled to be a multi-time winner of the prestigious Exemplary Officer Award for high quality performance and professional dedication, presented by the Wisconsin Attorney General. When I wore a badge, I believed it to be a symbol of community faith and trust. As

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