What we do
We offer services at our offices in Greendale Harare, Chikurubi Female Prisons Psychiatric Unit, Parirenyatwa Annexe Hospital, Harare Central Hospital Psychiatric Unit and our Harare communities which include Mabvuku, Dzivarasekwa, Mbare, Tafara and Chitungwiza, among others. In June 2019 we scaled up our activities to Mashonaland East Province operating in Marondera and Goromonzi districts.
P.H.O.E.B.E Zimbabwe aims to develop service users’ understanding of their own mental health, exploring self-expression and mental health recovery through the following activities:
- Mental Health Workshops (Peer educating outpatients on issues surrounding mental illness)
- Gender-Based Violence Workshops
- Training of local people (particularly the carers and community health workers) to take the leading role in delivering our activities so that there is project ownership for the community members;
- Creative workshops including poetry writing, singing and drama groups;
- Home visits and welfare assistance (funds permitting);
- Counselling and Psychosocial Therapies including Mentoring, Peer support groups and one-on-one counselling sessions (These services are also offered at P.H.O.E.B.E offices and at community level); and
- Legal services for Gender-Based Violence victims.
We currently several projects running, and these include:
Women’s Recovery College
A programme aimed at enabling women who have had mental health issues to become experts in their own self-care and develop the skills and confidence to manage their own recovery journey. The women have activities that help them enhance their social skills, gain self-confidence and self-esteem through peer support projects and activities such as art therapy and self-care classes.
Girls Kick Out Depression
A programme started with the aim of young girls kicking out depression through sport and recreation while having sessions in between where they talk about issues that affect them such as self-esteem, body confidence and how to handle their emotions as they experience change through adolescence. Additionally, this project seeks to educate young girls and make them aware that are vulnerable and at risk of experiencing exposure to different kinds of violence such as physical, sexual and psychological violence and what to do in such situations.
Intersectionality & Women’s Mental Health Radio Show on Zi-FM Stereo
Weekly shows discussing various issues linked to intersectionality and women’s mental health in a bid to raise awareness in the general population.