Local foundation helps mental health patients get back on their feet

A non-profit organization based at the Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital in Mitchell’s Plain is doing inspiring work helping mentally ill patients to reintegrate and reconnect with their communities.

The idea behind the Spring Foundation is to transform the way the hospital itself and mental illness in general are perceived by the surrounding community.

Spring Foundation Director and founder Dr John Parker explains that Lentegeur is one of three large psychiatric hospital's in the province with capacity for 600 patients.

We cater to a third of the Western Cape's population, including impoverished areas across the Cape Flats.

Dr John Parker, Director and founder of Spring Foundation

He explains that the Spring Foundation is working to end stigma and break down divisions between Cape communities and recovering mental health patients.

The aim of the Spring Foundation is to bring about a re-design in mental healthcare through the support of initiatives that bring about hope and recover through re-connection.

Dr John Parker, Director and founder of Spring Foundation

Deputy Director, Meryl Smith says the foundation is working with both the community and patients to combat negative perceptions and reconnect residents.

Media liason Ricky Mabee talks about how the foundation is fighting negative perceptions about Mitchell’s Plain and around mental illness.

The Spring Foundation team explained their various projects and the impact they have had on surrounding communities.

Take a listen to the engaging discussion:

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