The Association provides mental health services to empower their patients and rehabilitate their social lives. Their vision is the support and social inclusion of all mental health patients providing them with equality of access to services and dignity of life. Some of the services it has offered to mental health patients, their caregivers as well as the local community throughout the years are: psychosocial support, employment advisory, recreation, informational and awareness events. In 2015, the Association created a Mental Health Day Center which offered, in its first two years of operation, psychosocial services to 863 beneficiaries, 57% of whom were unemployed. More than half of the beneficiaries stated that they were facing mental health issues for the first time. Thirty-five percent of the recipients of the Center’s services are over the age of 50.
The grant provides psychosocial services at the Mental Health Day Center for patients and caregivers, who are over the age of 50. More specifically, a psychologist, social worker, employment specialist, and a part-time coordinator will offer their services to the Center’s patients. In addition, volunteers will teach traditional dances and the use of computers. The Association will also organize informational campaigns for the local community regarding mental health issues affecting people of older age. The direct beneficiaries are the 170 mental health patients over the age of 50 and the 40 caregivers over the age of 50 who will receive the Mental Health Day Center’s services. Approximately 460 members of the community will be informed about mental health conditions affecting older people as well as related issues such as, “Unemployment in the Decade Before Retirement”.