Cape Mental Health Society

Cape Mental Health Society

The Cape Mental Health Society is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town which helps people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities to reach their full potential. Too often such people are denied appropriate education and work, and are socially sidelined, abused and exploited. Established in 1913, the organisation serves the greater Cape Town area, especially the impoverished urban and rural communities. Their services are free to those who cannot pay.
CMH helps the children under its care to learn various skills at their Special Care Centres. They also train adults with intellectual disability to work, both in a workshop environment and in the open labour market. They provide support groups, assistance in finding work, home visits, and training and assistance to caregivers and to the families of their service-users, to cope with the particular home circumstances that arise from having a disabled person in the home.
Their five income-generating projects include Charity Christmas Cards; Handmade Paper products (letters, notepads, cards and gift boxes made from 100% waste office paper from a variety of businesses in Cape Town); Garden Pots and outdoor furniture; Woodwork Products (including bathroom mats, cabinets, cutlery trays, jewellery boxes, breadboards as well as turned wood products); and Bead-making, primarily for mothers of severely disabled children who are unable to seek employment due to the constraints of looking after their children. Click here f or more information.