Supporting mental health in Zimbabwe

One of our Rotherham Community Mental Health Practitioners is heading nearly 8,000 miles to spread his knowledge with mental health colleagues in Zimbabwe.

Oliver Hwindingwi (39), who works at Swallownest Court, Rotherham, will jet off in September 2018 to Harare.

He is travelling with 26 other mental health professionals who are on the Zimbabwe Life Project – which aims to improve quality of care for mental health patients in the African country.

Oliver, who is travelling to the Southern Hemisphere as a volunteer, is now fundraising to pay for the trip.

Oliver, of Knottingley, said: “We’re all travelling out to Zimbabwe to deliver a one-week training programme and information exchange to  hospitals and community staff on screening for and treatment of mental distress and psychosocial disability.”

Besides working in Harare, Oliver and his colleagues will also travel to Bulawayo, which is 278 miles from Harare and is Zimbabwe’s second biggest city, and Norton Hospital, a 22 mile journey from Harare. A visit to Mbare and Highfields Hospitals which are the oldest suburbs of Harare may also take place.

Oliver added: “Besides fundraising for the trip I’m also asking for donations of unwanted items like mobile phones, stationery and unwanted mental health text books. All are vital to help the mental health teams in Africa.”

Anyone who can make a donation towards the trip should email Oliver – oliver.hwindingwi@nhs.net or go to his GoFundMe page https://bit.ly/2KQfCXf

Oliver is pictured with the flag of Zimbabwe.

Oliver is pictured with the flag of Zimbabwe.