“A world where people are knowledgeable about mental health, are equipped with relevant skills to take charge of their mental health and are supportive of those affected with mental disorders”
“Promote mental health by building capacity of individuals, families, and communities in their surroundings to be able to;
a) identify and deliver front-line mental healthcare to and individual developing or in a mental health crisis.
b) Support those suffering from mental health problems”
The History of International Mental Health Resource Services (IMERSE)
The organization is driven by the personal experiences of the founders: Margaret Migayi. Growing up in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya, Margaret battled with a mental disorder without knowing what she was suffering from. She sought medical attention for somatic symptoms, but the disorder went undiagnosed. Due to the society's limited knowledge of mental disorders, she faced stigma and discrimination. Through determination and a strong will to live, she managed to access appropriate treatment and support.
In 2012 she moved to Siteki- Swaziland to volunteer. While living in Siteki, she discovered that there had been multiple suicides at a local primary school. Partnering with Timothy Sandoe, a former Peace Corps Volunteer who was working for World Food Program, the two were compelled to take action. After speaking with many key individuals in the country, it became clear that there was a need for an organization solely focused on mental health. The two worked with Dr. Sipho Siphepho, the head of the Community Health at the University of Swaziland, Dr. Jonathan Dlamini, a prominant physician and voice for mental health, Dumsani Njobo Mamba a student at the University Of Swaziland studying nursing and passionate about mental health and other relevant parties to put together this organization.
IMERSE is the only non-governmental organization focused on promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders in Swaziland. IMERSE believes that all people can live in a caring and supportive environment if empowered with relevant knowledge and skills.