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Weʼre raising £20,000 to help to fund a mental health charity in Jamaica

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Most people know of Jamaica through USAIN BOLT and BOB MARLEY but like any other society Jamaica has increasing rates of people with mental health problems. As a developing country with social and economic challenges, resources to provide mental health care is limited. Stigma and discrimination towards the mentally ill is extensive and families with a mentally ill relative receive little support. As a result people with mental health problems may end up homeless, living on the street. I am seeking assistance to set up a charity that will provide a place where people can get a hot meal, clean clothes and some psychosocial care.

The funding secured will help to support the development of a community based mental health day centre for adults with mental health problems. Initially this will include registration of the Charity and fundraising efforts.

The main purpose of the centre will be to empower people to strive towards better mental and physical wellbeing. The service will offer a range of group and individual activities to improve the user's mental and physical health and their social and living skills. The emphasis will be on rehabilitation and recovery. Facilities will also be provided for individual consultation and therapy sessions. It is anticipated that the Centre will expand to include mental health training and research.

Who am I, and why am i interested in setting up this charity? I am passionate about better care and support for people with mental health problems as i watched my much loved brother suffer for 18 years. He died while he was being restrained by nurses in a mental health unit. I therefore also understand the pain and devastation that families can experience. I have spent the last 30 years acquiring relevant knowledge and skills in mental health and delivering education & training, conducting research and campaigning to improve mental health care and community services. I spent several years in Jamaica teaching and doing research and it was during this period that seeing images like the photograph on this page made me recognise that i could and needed do something to make a difference. I do not have the resources to fund this project myself so i am reaching out to you and asking for your support. They have a saying in Jamaica that " one, one cocoa full basket". In other words "ever little helps"

Thanks in advance! I will keep you updated.

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  • Joanna Bennett8 months ago
    Joanna Bennett

    Joanna Bennett

    8 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    PLEASE DONATE TO HELP US SUPPORT PEOPLE SUFFERING MENTAL PAIN

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    Joanna Bennett

    9 months ago
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    “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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  • Joanna Bennett9 months ago
    Joanna Bennett

    Joanna Bennett

    9 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Supporting the mentally ill in Jamaica

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Page last updated on: 4/4/2018 12:58 PM

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 4, 2018

    You are trying to help those who are most disadvantaged. Well done; I am so proud of you. I am donating USD50Rose GordonOrlando, Florida

    £36.00

  • Usivous Bennett

    Usivous Bennett

    Apr 2, 2018

    Blessed work sis

    £20.00

  • Tannu

    Tannu

    Mar 13, 2018

    Joanna will put her heart and soul into this. Please support her in whatever capacity you feel able toGratefully

    £20.00

  • Joanna Bennett

    Joanna Bennett

    Mar 10, 2018

    Donated by Joan Sobers

    £20.00

  • Joanna Bennett

    Joanna Bennett

    Mar 10, 2018

    Donated by Samuel in Jamaica

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 4, 2018

    A most well meaning cause of great significant. Respect.

    £10.00

  • S Daley

    S Daley

    Mar 2, 2018

    Good initiative Mama

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Joanna Bennett

Joanna Bennett

London, UK

I have been involved in mental health education, research and community development for 30+ yrs. I've spent many years in Jamaica and have seen the devastating situation for many people with mental illness and their families. I want to use my expertise to help make a difference

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