All in Disaster Response

6 Mental Health Stories for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To mark the occasion, we’re collecting all the stories and resources we’ve created on the subject of mental health. In Haiti, we collaborate primarily with our partners Zanmi Lasante and SOFA, supporting them as they provide quality mental health care to some Haiti’s most vulnerable people. We believe any effective global health strategy must include mental health care for all!

“Mwen pap vire do ba ou, mwen pap janm lage ou:” Nou sonje 12 Janvye 2010

Jou aprè tè a te fin tranble a te gen anpil espwa bòkote tout ayisyen, yo tap di yon sèl bagay peyi a pral chanje paske tout moun te mete tèt ansam  paske yo te kwè si yo te ankò vivan genyen yon rezon pou sa e yo te vle eksplwate rezon sa a. se pou tèt sa te gen yon pafèt amou youn pou lòt paske yo te kwè se nan inite yo ka fè peyi a reviv ankò aprè katastrof la.

"I will not leave you nor forsake you:" Remembering January 12, 2010

The day after the earthquake, there was so much hope between all Haitians. They were only saying that the country was going to change because everyone was coming together. This was because they believed they survived for a reason and they wanted to share that reason—for people to have a perfect love for one another because they believed that unity could revive the country again after the catastrophe.

When the earth shakes: how MCC is responding to the immediate needs and long-term psychological effects created by natural disasters in Haiti

There are several possible ways MCC might respond when disasters occur. Immediate distribution of material resources shortly after a disaster can help meet the basic needs of those who have lost homes or belongings, while long-term mental health projects help address the ongoing psychological aftereffects of disasters. 

“Mwen pap vire do ba ou, mwen pap janm lage ou.”

Jou aprè tè a te fin tranble a te gen anpil espwa bòkote tout ayisyen, yo tap di yon sèl bagay peyi a pral chanje paske tout moun te mete tèt ansam  paske yo te kwè si yo te ankò vivan genyen yon rezon pou sa e yo te vle eksplwate rezon sa a. se pou tèt sa te gen yon pafèt amou youn pou lòt paske yo te kwè se nan inite yo ka fè peyi a reviv ankò aprè katastrof la.

"I will not leave you nor forsake you"

The day after the earthquake, there was so much hope between all Haitians. They were only saying that the country was going to change because everyone was coming together. This was because they believed they survived for a reason and they wanted to share that reason—for people to have a perfect love for one another because they believed that unity could revive the country again after the catastrophe.

Working towards a livable Haiti

Janvier is a member of Comite Artisanal Haïtien (CAH), an MCC partner that supports artisans by assisting them with promotion and market access. MCC hopes to provide alternatives to uprooting people and separating families by supporting sustainable livelihoods for people in their home countries, so people like Janvier can remain in Haiti and invest in their home communities.