Betthey are determined to do something and have asked for the re-introduction of rehabilitation facilities at a meeting organised by Mental Health Practitioners.
Atthe meeting parents and care takers of those suffering from forms of mental illness have been invited by Mental Health Practitioners to talk openly abouttheir experiences of looking after a loverd one.
Their experiences are of hardships, both emotionally and physically, suffered silently withinthe confines oftheir homes.
The Laloki Psychiatric Hospital isthe country’s main mental health hospital but it does not cater for rehabilitation of patients.
Parent Frank Robby said it’s difficult dealing with a psychiatric patient. His son now 23 years old was diagnosed with a mental disorder four years ago.
ther parents admittedthey were too preoccuplied only to find out later thattheir child had symptoms of mental illness.
From this meetingthe families throughthe mental health services will push for the government to recognise family support units. As well as resurrecting rehabilitation centres.
The number of mental health cases reported has increased, 8 out of 10 cases are said to be alcohol and drug related.