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Film screening: Nkabom: A little medicine, a little prayer - 12 October 2022

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In recent years Ghana has committed to improving access to mental health care and promoting human rights through partnerships between traditional and faith healers and mental health workers. ‘Nkabom: A little medicine, a little prayer’ is an ethnographic documentary filmed in 2019 in rural villages and market towns in the central belt of Ghana. The film follows the activities of mental health nurses who are creating partnerships with healers in the communities where they work with the aim of reducing harmful practices and improving the treatment of people with mental health conditions. The film shows how these partnerships develop, what makes them successful, and the challenges faced in negotiating the removal of restraints as well as accessing resources. The nurses and healers describe how they ka bom, join together, to reach the same goal of helping their patients to get well.

The film is part of the Together for Mental Health visual research project in Ghana and Indonesia funded by UKRI Economic and Social Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dr Erminia Colucci and members of the research team from the UK and Ghana.

This screening is a joint event with the Birkbeck Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Mental Health and the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health at King's College London.

DIRECTOR: Erminia Colucci

RESEARCH TEAM: Ursula Read (University of Warwick), Lily Kpobi (University of Ghana), Roberta Selormey (University of Ghana), Erminia Colucci (University of Middlesex)

EDITORS: Anthony Comber-Badu and Nadia Astari

For more information please visit and follow us on social medial @Together4MH

Attendance is free but you must book in advance.


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