Marjorie Innocent is a 30-year-old mother of eight, living in Haiti with her husband and children. Marjorie has had to come to terms with living with schizophrenia, a severe mental health condition. As her symptoms became severe and her condition worsened, she was taken by her husband to Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) in Mirebalais, Haiti. At HUM, she was prescribed medications and scheduled for regular monthly appointments with a psychologist. Today, Marjorie’s condition is under control as she continues to take her medications regularly and attend her appointments. With support from her family, Marjorie has reintegrated into her community and is back to teaching at school again.
Why Marjorie’s story matters
Marjorie’s symptoms started in 2009, and since then she’s had to live with a mental health condition that neither she nor her husband had ever heard of. Marjorie faced many challenges in the community because of her conditioned. She was locked in her house and was not allowed outside to be around other community members, including her own children. Not being able to see her children or involved in activities; she felt like an outsider in her community. Since receiving care from HUM, Marjorie feels stable and has been able to keep up with appointments and take her medications regularly. She feels much better and has a very supportive husband who helps take care of their family. Marjorie says, “My wish is for my children to stay in school and study and learn a profession so one day they can find good jobs and be successful in life.”
Although Marjorie was able to receive care at HUM, she and her husband faced financial difficulties and sometimes could not make her appointments due to lack of transportation, sometimes going months without going to the hospital. For many people like Marjorie living with severe mental health conditions in settings of extreme poverty, continuous and holistic psychosocial support is essential to be able to manage their condition. With support from her psychologist, her husband and her community; Marjorie feels like she has people to talk and share her thoughts with, along with receiving quality mental health treatment, medications and psychotherapy, which has made a big difference in her life.