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'Hot' breakfast for mentally challenged

Mere Naleba
Thursday, April 10, 2014

AFTER a 24-hour street campaign last Saturday, volunteers of Youth Champs 4 Mental Health will use funds raised from the campaign to provide hot breakfast for homeless mental patients in Suva.

YC4MH manager mentee Lionel Rogers said the campaign by eight volunteers to remove the stigma associated with mental health raised about $600.

"The funds will be used to provide breakfast for people suffering from mental health and roaming the streets of Suva," Mr Rogers said.

"We understand that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we are going to give them breakfast and make the occasion special," he said.

"We are going to host them to breakfast on Palm Sunday."

Mr Rogers was among volunteers who were out on the streets of Suva last Saturday with duct tapes over their mouths in protest against the public perception that physiatrist survivors and those living with mental illness are citizens of lower standing in society.

"It was an emotional experience, seeing members of the public coming out in numbers to support the campaign.

"We felt that the only way to get the message across is to involve the public and surely the response has been overwhelming."

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