Basic Needs and Mental Health in Ghana – A digital postcard from #TeamHonk celebrating 25 years of #GoodWork by Comic Relief

by Insomniac Mummy on February 7, 2013

Mental health, and the stigma surrounding it, is a topic close to my heart, so when I heard #TeamHonk were visiting a mental health self-help group in Ghana for Comic Relief, I knew I’d love to hear all about the #Goodwork going on there…


Dear Ellie

Like in the UK mental illness is stigmatised in Ghana, communities and families often disown those with mental illness.

We arrived at the Basic Needs mental health self help group on a hot, humid afternoon to find the group running their monthly meeting under the shade of the trees. The meeting was chaired by Dora a project beneficiary, a passionate and inspirational woman who really empowered her fellow beneficiaries. The meeting covered the loans the group received to train and start new businesses, taking it in turns to share healthcare advice and ends with amazing singing. Sometimes just a small amount of money, just ten pounds can get someone restarted in work after a break due to illness. Incredibly inspirational project which is run by the Basic Needs Trust and funded by Comic Relief.

Love Penny

This is a digital postcard sent from TeamHonk (;; during their travels with Comic Relief in Ghana celebrating #goodwork.

For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at

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Ellie is a working mum. In her spare time she spends far too much time waffling on the internet. She's a Twitter addicted Facebook fanatic, and an all round social media butterfly. You can also find her on Google + as Insomniac Mummy. She once walked across England and is planning on walking 100K in one day in May 2014 for Cancer Research. All she really wants is a good night's sleep...

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Mammasaurus February 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Thank you so much for taking time to post this – it’s really super of you – much love to you missus x
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