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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!

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. 

"Ils étaient comme des ficelles"

Bertha Louisius rit en décrivant le soulagement et la gratitude qu’elle ressent maintenant chaque fois qu’elle voit ses jumeaux. "Ils étaient si petits, ils étaient tellement malades. Je ne savais pas quoi faire. Je n’avais pas d’argent et rien de ce que je faisais ne fonctionnait. Je pensais qu’ils pouvaient mourir, mais je ne savais pas ce que je pouvais faire. J’avais laissé leur sort à Dieu quand j’ai rencontré ces infirmières."

They Were Like Threads

Their mother, Bertha Louisius, laughs as she describes the relief and gratitude she feels every time she sees her twins now. “They were so small, they were so sick. I didn’t know what to do. I had no money, and nothing I was doing worked. I thought they might die, but I didn’t know what I could do. I had given their fate to God when I met these nurses.”

Coming Home to Kabay

Remis Pierre returned to his home community of Kabay after a stint working in the neighboring Dominican Republic, and has now been able to make a living for himself at home as a result of an MCC agroforestry project. He wants to encourage other young people in his community to "take heart and work together" to make a better future for themselves and their families.