We exist for compassionate healing.
Every person is created to flourish. But the burdens of violence and injustice fall heavily on the shoulders of many, especially those born into poverty. Experts estimate that as many as 2 in 5 people in low-income countries experience mental illness at any given time. As a result, destructive behaviors such as domestic violence and substance abuse emerge, along with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. These realities become an invisible prison that keeps people vulnerable.
Meanwhile, these very same communities are often overlooked when it comes to mental health education, services, and training. This treatment gap for mental illness further perpetuates the challenges that already exist. The bi-directional vicious cycle between poverty and mental illness keeps families trapped and renders opportunities futile.
Community leaders bear the brunt of the mental health burden.
In their roles as advocates, civil servants, teachers, pastors, and carers, they encounter overwhelming volumes of mental health need. Brio exists to serve these leaders as they develop models of mental health care that are owned and driven forward by their community.