A mental disorder individual who: Has received psychiatric health services in ARCS psychiatric center
Jafar, 25-year-old who had been suffering from psychiatric disorders for two years, had been taken to Kabul psychiatric hospitals four time by his father; and, each time he had been under medication for 18 days. But, his mental health did not recovered.
“My father’s friend told us about ARCS Marastoon, Social Welfare Center, that has a psychiatric clinic.” Jafar said, “Since ARCS psychiatric clinic in Kabul Marastoon has no facilities for males, the National Society send me to Herat province where needed facilities are available for me.”
“Initially, I was very talkative, sleepless and had very violating character.” Jafar added, “I was working as guard for Qargha Constructional Company, but I couldn’t continue.”
Psychiatric Social Workers (PSW) of the National Society’s Marastoon in Herat province provide 24/7 services to individuals who suffer from psychiatric disorders, and the NS’s doctors visit individuals three times a week as well.
Jafar is smiling and saying that 70 percent of my mental illness has been recovered, and I will be fully recovered in short time. Currently, I talk to my mother, father and brothers through cellphone.
Jafar highly appreciates PSW in Herat Marastoon and their dedication to the mental sick individuals. “I only wish to go home and have my normal life again.” Jafar said.
ARCS Herat Marastoon Director, Mr. Bahsir Ahmad, has been running the psychiatric clinic for 14 years. He said that the Herat Marastoon Psychiatric Clinic is rendering mental health services to 240 individuals that 200 of them are males and 40 of them are females.
The director added that these sick individuals are from various provinces that had been sent by National Society’s headquarter in Kabul and provincial branches throughout country. Psychiatric social workers, in addition to mental health services, change the sick individuals’ clothes, provide them bath two time in week and take them to sport field, so they can improve their physical condition as well. Indeed, there is an especial attention to their nutrition that fresh fruits and proteins are in their weekly menu.
Lack of standardized rooms and enough clothes, as some of the mental disorder individuals tear apart their clothes and walk out of their rooms while do not have warm clothes on, cause them flue and worsen their health circumstance. In addition, sometimes the sick individuals fight with each other too. Consequently, there are 24 PSW that 22 of them are required to be present 24/7 at the Marastoon.
It is considerable to mention that due to Psychiatric Social Workers’ dedication and perfect service providing, 10-12 sick individuals recover his/her mental health every year and start their normal life again within their society.