Addressing the audience at LITTLE EDEN’s Elvira Rota Village, during the launch of Mental Health Awareness month on 1 October, the Gauteng MEC of Health, Honourable Dr Gwen Ramokgopa said, “LITTLE EDEN is the epitome of world class care of people with profound intellectual disability.” The minister toured the facility and met residents, before being entertained by the residents, who performed songs and dances.
It has been evident through LITTLE EDEN’s 51 year history of caring for people with profound intellectual disability and mental illness that suitable care to such special individuals goes over and above merely providing shelter and meals. It requires understanding their individual needs and ensuring that their medical, stimulation, social and spiritual needs are met. Through a holistic care programme, we are able to work with each individual at their functioning level, thereby assisting them to reach their full potential, whatever it may be.
This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness month is Young People & Mental Health. The stigma attached to mental illness, increasing suicide rate (especially among the youth) and number of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome prove that there is a lot of work to be done, through advocacy and educating our communities about mental health.
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