Will you help someone like Mphatso?

Mphatso Mental Health Jan 2021 - Mob LP-High-Quality

Too many people with a mental health condition can't get support or treatment. You can help.


Will you help someone like Mphatso?

Too many people with a mental health condition can't get support or treatment. You can help.


In the world's poorest places only 15% of people with a mental health condition get the treatment they need.

Mphatso suffered for years before he got the right help for his schizophrenia. Many more people also face stigma through lack of awareness, discrimination, and abuse.

The outcome for many people and their families the result is isolation, hardship and huge mental suffering.

Your donation today can help deliver life-changing support and treatment in the world’s poorest places for people with mental illness, their families and communities. You can relieve suffering and provide hope and opportunity.

Please donate today to help break down the barriers to mental health care for people like Mphatso. Together, we can build a world where nobody faces mental illness alone.


Mphatso's story continues below.

Mphatso first experienced mental health issues in 2013.

Originally from Malawi, East Africa, Mphatso was working in South Africa with his brother as a small trader. His mental health suddenly declined quickly; one day he found himself walking around the town aimlessly, taking things from a dustbin.

Mphatso didn't eat for three days and didn't understand what he was going through. He woke up in a hospital, his first time inside one.

He spent two weeks in the hospital suffering a complete personality change, becoming aggressive, fighting the staff and screaming. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia; it was the first time he had even heard of the condition. He was scared and cried frequently.

He recovered from the episode and was discharged with medication, an anti-psychotic, but unsure what it was or how it would affect him, he stopped taking it too soon. He relapsed into a even worse episode and soon after decided to take the bus home to Malawi.

He became so aggressive and confused on the bus that the other passengers chained him up - a common response to dealing with people with severe mental health problems in some parts of the world.

Mphatso Mental Health 2-High-Quality

"My family were very sad to hear that I was sick. They didn't know what the problem was. People didn't know what to do and asked 'Where are we going to put Mphasto? I don't know what problem he is having.'"


Malawi, East Africa

Shockingly, there is only one psychiatrist for every 5 million people in Malawi.

In addition to the lack of resources due to little training and awareness, there is a high level of stigma attached to mental health conditions in Malawi. Mphatso's family had already experienced some mental health issues and wanted to help, but he was reluctant to seek support from other people, including his friends.

He struggled with medication until his family took him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi's second-largest city. After a month's stay and finally getting the right support, he overcame many of his symptoms and, most importantly, can now recognise when he is becoming unwell before it becomes severe.

Mphatso struggled for so long before he finally found the right help. There are thousands like him facing multiple barriers to mental health treatment, from a lack of awareness, to stigma, with too few medical practitioners trained to help them.


There is a way for you to help people experiencing mental illness and their families in the world’s poorest places.

Your donation can help people experiencing devastating mental health problems in the world’s poorest places to access life-changing support and treatment, and to develop skills that enable them to provide for themselves and their families.

Your support will enable training for local volunteers and health care workers to identify and support people with mental illness, improving social attitudes and getting people the right treatment much sooner than before.

Please donate today to help break down the barriers for more people to access the care they need.

About CBM and BasicNeeds

CBM is the world’s leading organisation tackling mental health and disability across developing countries. Founded over 100 years ago, we are specialists at supporting the world’s marginalised people.

We implement the BasicNeeds model of mental health and development, a proven method of recovery and sustained good mental health and livelihood. The model incorporates a unique convergence of:

  • treatment, including medication and psychosocial support
  • support groups
  • livelihoods opportunities
  • and reducing stigma in communities

We also work with governments and other health care providers to strengthen their services and improve access to quality, affordable care, including training health professionals, and inspiring a new generation of care providers to work in the field of mental health.

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