Ex-CRGS student on Malawi mental health mission

Caroline Wyatt (right) with her colleague Olivia Wadham.
Caroline Wyatt (right) with her colleague Olivia Wadham.

A former CRGS pupil and trainee clinical psychologist is travelling to Malawi on a mental health mission.

Caroline Wyatt (26), from Sawley, together with colleague Olivia Wadham, from Tamworth, Staffs, have set up a project to provide training and support to staff working in under-resourced mental health services in Mzuzu, Northern Malawi.

It will provide support to people who have mental health, learning, and physical health difficulties.

Caroline and Olivia, who are completing doctorates in clinical psychology at Lancaster University, will travel to Mzuzu for six weeks from mid-July to begin building this partnership.

Their mission is to fight stigma and promote psychological approaches to mental health difficulties. They will be working with staff at St John of God Hospitaller Services, who have access to little training or supervision.

They are also keen to learn from their community-based approaches to mental health rehabilitation, and bring this learning back to their posts within the NHS.

To learn more about the project, or pledge support through donating, shar.es/
PYsCK or on twitter @Malawi_MH or search for ‘developing psychology in the warm heart of Africa.’