What Comes the Day After the Disaster?

Written by Charlie Labarda //  It was going to be a hot day. The sun was up, but the electricity was down. We were in one of the relocation sites for families displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda)—the strongest storm to make landfall on record last November 2013. We were there as volunteers … Continue reading What Comes the Day After the Disaster?

“No Word for ‘Depression'”: Justice in Mental Health in South Africa

Written by Aimee Fouche //  The topic of mental health in South Africa (SA) is complex. It is riddled with a lack of both qualified professionals and funding from the state and employment opportunities. Not to have sufficient mental health care services in a violent country like South Africa is obviously a gross injustice. This … Continue reading “No Word for ‘Depression'”: Justice in Mental Health in South Africa

School Counselors: Making Mental Health Care Accessible to Youth

Written by Orlando Dobbin //  “You had a parent who died too!?” said Jasmine* in the grief support group I facilitated during my school counseling internship last spring for three kindergarteners and two first graders. Jasmine was having a really tough Kindergarten year. She was constantly in trouble, starting to fall behind academically, and struggling in … Continue reading School Counselors: Making Mental Health Care Accessible to Youth