Around the world, one in four people experiences a mental disorder or psychosocial disability in his or her lifetime
Of all people with mental illness or intellectually disability, 85% are in low- and middle-income countries
Mental and behavioral problems reduce lifespan by as much as 20 years
In some countries, 98% of people with mental illness and intellectually disability receive no treatment
Sadly, in many countries around the world, neglect, incarceration, and immobilization of people living with mental health problems are human rights abuses that regularly occur.
The problem can stem from governments unable or unwilling to fund treatment for the community’s most vulnerable people. Further, wars, famines, and natural disasters have disastrous impacts on mental health, leaving people traumatized and without access to help. These crises can also destroy the physical infrastructure of care that would support people living with mental health problems and can cause health professionals to flee.
Witness Change believes that the neglect of people with mental health problems is an abuse that must end.
What we’re doing about it: Documenting the lives of those with mental health problems
What we’re doing about it: a book as advocacy tool
Robin’s photographs were made into a photo book, CONDEMNED. We used this book to engage politicians and activists on the issue and supporters can send the book to an influential person.
In My World has been exhibited and published around the world; we’ve made presentations, consulted human rights organizations and kick started non-governmental mental health programmes . © photo by Birgit Krippner
WHAT WE’RE DOING ABOUT IT: Documenting a neglected issue
Witness Change continues to highlight the plight of people living with mental health problems around the world. Learn how you can support the continuation of this campaign.
Robin Hammond speaks to World Press Photo about his award winning project CONDEMNED
The 2014 POYi World Understanding Award has been given to Robin Hammond’s project CONDEMNED which documents mental hea...
Robin Hammond’s work documenting mental health in African countries in crisis wins 2nd place in the Contemporary Issue...
Robin Hammond wins the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund award for his work on mental health in African countrie...
The book ‘CONDEMNED’ raises awareness of an important and neglected issue. The book is a campaigning tool. We...
Robin Hammond’s photo project on mental health in African countries in crisis is published by FotoEvidence Book Award....
CONDEMNED is published in the Sunday Times Magazine Spectrum
INIMAGINABLE shows CONDEMNED on billboards around Paris www.inimaginable.org