The reality of severe mental illness is such that a significant number of individuals arrive at the hospital in a state of extreme loss. Aside from losing their hope and capacity to make wise decisions about their state of health and well-being, some have lost a great deal more: connections with family members, any sense of who they are (sometimes even their own names), all their money and possessions and oftentimes, the physical proof of their status as a South African citizen. Core to their ability to obtain financial grants for their future is to be in possession of an Identity Document (ID).
As a result, many leave the hospital unable to function independently and many will require care and supervision as they struggle to look after themselves appropriately. This care costs money and they thus require social support and financial support to cope with their condition. Without any access to funds, they are left destitute and often stuck in hospital with no place to go other than onto the street and an almost certain prospect of further relapse. So for this to be mitigated it is vital they are able to obtain a disability grant (DG).
Here’s the catch; in order to obtain a state disability grant a person has to produce a valid ID document. However, in order to reapply for this document , the Department of Home Affairs requires a fee of R140.00. For some this amount may seem small but this money is not provided by the Department of Health.
Ironically this aspect is entirely overlooked in the process towards rehabilitation back into society of a patient and despite persistent attempts to prevail on the Departments of Home Affairs and of Social Development to address the issue there has been no success in changing the status quo.
How you can contribute to this project:
This project raises funds to make it possible for our patients to reapply for an Identity Document.
A small price indeed, at R140 per person, to give hope and enable the first step in re-connecting a psychiatric patient to their individual rights as a citizen of South Africa!
Your contribution will make all the difference .
The Lentegeur Spring Project from which the Spring Foundation has grown was selected as part of the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 program and the foundation’s greening project was adopted as a flagship by The Provincial Department of the Western Cape and the Premiers 110% Green Campaign.
The Spring Foundation at Lentegeur Hospital is a registered NPO and PBO that is using a range of psychosocial rehabilitation and outreach projects to re-establish a sense of hope and recovery through re-connection to the natural world and to community, identity and heritage.