Ms. Eaglesfield was also able to meet 30 members of the Nima Self-Help Group. The members, who included affected people and their carers, shared their experiences of coming together as a support group and how they were fortunate to receive training, tools and equipment, and funds to engage in livelihood activities. Members also spoke about how they have carried out educating families in their community so that people with mental health care needs who are hidden away, can seek treatment and support.
With the support of the BLF, BasicNeeds Ghana is currently supporting people recovering from mental illness and/or epilepsy and their carers in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana to gain skills and have livelihoods that would make them productive and useful to themselves and their families. Not only does this aid recovery, it helps to break down the stigma within the community that has traditionally been a barrier to people seeking treatment and participating in community life.