HFDI mental health programme vision is to envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.
Hope for Family Development Initiative (HFDI) was established, as a movement to improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable groups. It has since then been one of the leading NGOs on rural development and empowerment in Nigeria. The success of the organization has been on the increase and depended on emerging needs of the communities where it works. Its activities are not only community driven but community ownership is weaved into the design of every community project from the outset; hence sustainability is ensured. Critical aspect of our strategic vision is that, every programme has social inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable groups and the incorporation of persons from these groups in public offices.
In the execution of projects and programmes, HFDI abides by gender and general human rights; this motivates beneficiaries to imbibe the spirit of safe environmental practices. This organization has also contributed greatly to the development and promotion of positive values in Nigeria. HFDI has been working in the area of Mental health for Youths and women with intensifying efforts on vulnerable groups like Women with disabilities and Women living with HIV, seeking to influence policy issues through advocacy and work to promote involvement and participation of stakeholders in the provision of good quality health to its citizenry. It also works to strengthen the capacity of CSOs/NGOs in effective engagement with the government and the general public in reproductive health service delivery and decision making as well as in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of delivery in Nigeria particularly Kwara, Osun, Oyo and Akwa-Ibom states.
HFDI places a strong importance on mental wellbeing of its target populations and thereby provides sensitizations on therapy for children, adolescents and adults on mental health difficulties and illnesses, such as depression, anxiety disorders, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, and family and couples’ conflicts. This is done through our collaboration with health care systems in the states where we work.
To further ensure that our target beneficiaries have access to mental health services, the organization have raised 150 Psychosocial First Aiders (PSA) in 30 communities across Osun, Kwara and Akwa-Ibom to render immediate support to target beneficiaries who displays signs depression at their respective community. These PSA also have the skills and needed information to refer when in need of a specialist.
Since 2016, the organization have been commemorating the world mental health day which is always targeted at helping more people attain sound mental wellbeing through our sensitization programmes and referral for care for people in need of one.
HFDI is looking forward to a society where everyone have access to free and go-into psychosocial support and services at the community level.