Togo: Creating awareness on mental health, care and support

Saeeda never imagined that she would lose her footing after a family crisis. But the Togolese woman suffered and will continue to suffer from depression for several months.

“I was aggressive, it wasn’t me. It wasn’t me. At that moment I could hear voices, I could see things I wasn’t saying, I could smell bad odors.”

“It took several months of hospitalization to regain a taste of life,” she revealed.

She has already done so, including residing at one of the few psychiatric centers in the West African country.

The demand for mental health services, which is already high in Togo, has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis as thousands have limited or no access to mental health services or care.

The World Health Organization estimates that 450 million people today worldwide suffer from a mental disorder, from addiction to toxic substances to dementia, and that a quarter of the population is affected by this risk.

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