Mental Health

A Connaught hospital psychologist works with King's Sierra Leone Partnership to address mental health needs in Sierra Leone. These images were taken on the Momenta Project Sierra Leone 2015 workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo © Katherine Wise/Momenta Workshops 2015.

Connaught Hospital’s Mental Health Nurse works with KSLP’s Psychiatrist to assess patients with mental health needs. These images were taken on the Momenta Project Sierra Leone 2015 workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo © Katherine Wise/Momenta Workshops 2015.

Mental disorders are a leading cause of long-term disability, distress and suffering. With one trained psychiatrist and one mental health hospital for a population of over six million, the mental health treatment gap in Sierra Leone exceeds 98%. This means that only 2% of those who need mental health care are able to get it.

The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) is committed to supporting the Ministry of Health & Sanitation (MOHS) in its ambition to provide comprehensive, integrated and responsive mental health, psychosocial support and social care services in hospital and community-based settings.

Working collaboratively with local partners, the KSLP Mental Health team is strengthening the training and supervision of health workers for integrated mental health at the district level.

Our mental health team provide clinical supervision and support for service development for Mental Health nurses at Connaught Hospital, Jui Hospital and 34 Military Hospital. In collaboration with Building Back Better (BBB), the KSLP Mental Health team is also providing nationwide clinical supervision for Mental Health nurses at all district Mental Health units. In collaboration with The College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences we are supporting psychiatry teaching of undergraduate medical students.

As a member of the Ministry of Health & Sanitation Mental Health Steering Committee, KSLP is providing technical advice to revise the Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan, supporting the revision of the mental health legislation and strengthening the mental health information systems.

Our current in-country project coordinator is Dr Anna Walder, a Psychiatry specialist trainee doctor, working alongside Antoinet Kabbedijk, Mental Health Specialist Nurse. They are supported by the Mental Health Technical Advisory Group; a UK based group of clinicians and non-clinicians passionate about global Mental Health, and co-led by Dr Peter Hughes (Consultant Psychiatrist) and Dr Stania Kamara, psychiatry trainee doctor.

Previous in-country mental health teams members have been:

Ms Katy Lowe, mental health nurse

Dr Stania Kamara, psychiatry specialist trainee doctor

For further information or if you are interested in being involved, please contact the Mental Health group via info@kslp.org.uk.