No Health Without Mental Health – Gambia (NHMH-Gambia) a charity working in cordial relationship with the Ministry of Health to improve and raise awareness of mental health, addiction and substance abuse disorders and their prevention through advocacy and awareness campaigns has recently partnered with House Of Hope – Gambia under the leadership of FkA, (Friends of Asylum Seekers) to implement a project on dealing with trauma .
The project is funded by Schmitzstiftungen Germany to train individuals on the Narrative Exposure Therapy Network, a treatment for trauma spectrum disorders.
The second phase of the Exposure Therapy Network Narrative Training was an intensive 4-week training for Gambians from diverse backgrounds.
Saffiatou Kinteh, treasurer of NHMH-Gambia, said the organization was set up in response to the growing need for mental health services in the country.
She added that they offer mental health services at Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital, the only mental health facility in the country to reach out to other communities.
Sanna B. Sabally, National Representative of House of Hope Gambia, said the project aims to help people with mental health issues.
He stressed that the importance of mental health issues cannot be overemphasized in communities, noting that mental health issues cannot be managed by government alone.
He thanked the Ministries of Health and Justice for facilitating their registration.
He urged the trainees to use the knowledge acquired and to transmit it well, but also to avoid anything that can detraumatize their patients.
Priska Maria Lohr, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FkA described the Narrative Exposure Therapy Network as a good project for African communities.
Adjongbant Bantawila, a trainer thanked House of Hope and a partner, saying the project gave them the chance to get to know those who are traumatised.