Oliver to support mental health in Zimbabwe

A Rotherham Community Mental Health Practitioner is heading nearly 8,000 miles again to share his knowledge with mental health colleagues in Zimbabwe after a successful trip last year.

Oliver Hwindingwi, who works at Swallownest Court, Rotherham, for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, will jet off in September 2019 to Harare with 26 other mental health professionals. They 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 fundraising to pay for the trip.

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

As well as working in Harare, they have plans to travel to Bulawayo, which is 278 miles from Harare, Zimbabwe’s second biggest city, to exchange and learn from each other’s best practices in supporting people with mental health in that region.

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 would like to make a donation towards the trip should email Oliver – othwinds@hotmail.com or to make a donation should visit https://zlp.org.uk/

Oliver is pictured outside one of the Psychiatric units in Zimbabwe that is being supported.

Oliver is pictured outside one of the Psychiatric units in Zimbabwe that is being supported.