The Anambra State Centre for the Mentally Challenged, Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area is a social work arm under the Anambra State Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, but enjoys major support and partnership with CAFE.
Since its formal establishment in January, 2015, the center has rehabilitated a total of one hundred and forty-two persons, with an eighty percent population representation of non-Anambra indigenes.
The rehabilitated persons were also given household materials, foods, cash and equipment to start off any of the vocations they had learned while at the center.
It is on this backdrop that the wife of the governor of Anambra State and founder of the charity organization, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, CAFE, Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano appealed for end to stigmatization against those, who have defeated mental health challenges.
Dr. Mrs. Obiano said that it was imperative that everyone protects those, who have made full recovery from mental health setbacks and give them a helping hand to fully reintegration into the society, stressing that it was only through that, that they can succeed and become important to societal development.
She also noted that the stigma against those, who have successfully come out of such challenges, could permanently detach them from normal life, noting that survivors of mental health scares are normal humans too.
On the activities of her NGO, CAFE, the governor’s wife noted that it has become an indispensable part of her life to touch lives irrespective of where she is, stressing that she would continue to run her programmes in the same way that she always has, even after her husband’s administration.
- Credit: ABS