Health & Fitness

A Postcard from Ghana – Mental Health Matters!

This morning I was one of the very lucky ones, to receive a postcard from Ghana from the wonderful ladies at #TeamHonk. As I wrote previously, Annie, Tanya and Penny have spent the last two days in Ghana, visiting projects that have been born from the generous money raised through Comic Relief and as a way to celebrate it’s 25 years of Good Work.

When the call-to-arms was raised by the team, with a promise of a postcard from a project of our choice, I knew immediately that I wanted to write about the Basic Needs, Mental Health Trust. Mental Health is a subject very close to my heart, as some of you may already know, yet foolishly it never crossed my mind that even in Africa, people suffer from the same problems and need the same kind of help to manage their illness and to thrive.

A Digital Postcard From Ghana

Above: Annie at the Basic Needs Mental Health project, in Accra, Ghana.Above: Annie at the Basic Needs Mental Health Trust, in Accra, Ghana.

The Trust was set up to help ensure that people living with a mental health issue in Ghana have access to the drugs, facilities required to improve their quality of life.

There is a still a huge misunderstanding of mental health in Ghana, as there is in the rest of world.   And this Trust is doing it all it can to not educate people but give people with a mental health issue a sense of self worth again. – MummyBarrow

Not only does the trust help these people to manage their condition, but it goes above and beyond that by offering training and more importantly, loans that can be paid back over a long period of time. That help can be a stepping stone, from someone facing a bleak and hopeless future, to starting up their own business. Not only does this help and support, provide a secure and positive outlook for their lives, but goes on to have a ripple effect, throughout their families and the wider community.

Now that is what I call Good Work.

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

For other digital postcards please do check out the linky on

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Stacey's a Social Media Community Manager by day and a self-confessed Geek by night. With boy/girl twins and an older son, she's got mum hacks coming out of her ears. Likes: overpopulated book shelves and shiny things. Dislikes: wearing socks.


  1. I can’t get over what an amazing trip they’ve had! So many inspirational stories and so many wonderful pictures of the Comic Relief projects!

    • Lilandrael says

      It’s certainly one that they will never forget. I’m honoured that I had the privilege to join in and help!

  2. Reading your post gave me goosebumps. Thanks so much for such a great post.

    And for ALL your support over the past few days. It has been so amazing.

    Lots of love

    • Lilandrael says

      You are so very welcome. I can imagine that the last couple of days have been both wonderful and incredibly tiring for all three of you. You’ve done an amazing job (especially all of those postcards!)

  3. MummyNeverSleeps says

    Absolutely brilliant. So inspiring. I feel all emotional!

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