Mental Health and Psychiatric Support

founded in 2011
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Learn about major causes of mental health issues in Ghana directly from the Mental health directorate in Accra the capital
Participate in medical outreaches to educate and sensitization family and friends on stigmatizing mental health patients.
Gain the spirit of resilience to help you have another perspective of life.
Learn about community living and communal labour
Visit various tourist sites in the various regions as you go on outreach
Mental health is becoming a big challenge in Ghana due to both economic and family issues, volunteers work with mental health professionals in the clinic and on outreach. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+

Though mental health care is of international concern, Ghana as a nation is struggling to attend to the mental health needs of citizens because of few psychiatric hospitals; which is also very congested, few mental health professionals and a lack of community and rehabilitative care.   Mental health issues is on the increase due to substance abuse leading to addiction in the youth mostly, depression due to economic and family hardship, intellectual disabilities due to trauma, mixed energy drinks bad association and lot of anxiety. There is also less education and awareness creation on the effect of substance like weed, tramadol, weed and some of the energy drinks intake. 

This program is design for mental health workers and Students studying psychology in school or have the interest to pursue a career in mental health or just anyone who has compassion to care for these patients.

 Volunteers therefore come in to shadow health officials to perform various services including attending to patients at the hospital, going to homes of healed patient’s to educate families on stigmatization etc. Education and sensitization of drug abuse and its implication, directing patients to clinics within their vicinity that they seek support, educating community and family members how to support mental health patients   Volunteers work with doctors and nurses on the following services; 

  • Mental state examination
  • Psychotherapy
  • Group and individual counselling
  • Addiction management
  • Detoxification
  • Anger management
  • Care of the mentally ill.


Can I use this placement as internship for my Academic Work?

Volunteers will need to take this placement for academic purpose should inform us prior to arrival for additional forms and requirements. Forms will be filled and access by a director of the psychiatric unit.

Typical day

Volunteers working at the hospital have varied schedule, volunteers either go on  day shift, afternoon or night shift depending on their preference and also base on the hospital needs too. A normal schedule is as follows:

  • 7:00am Breakfast
  • 7:30am walk or a ride to placement
  • 8:00am Instructions on assignment for the day
  • 8:30am volunteer work begins
  • 12:00am Lunch/Snack break/Rest
  • 1:00pm volunteer work resume
  • 4:30pm Closing( Volunteers have the option to continue base on the need)
  • 5:30pm Dinner

Evenings Time to socialize with host family to know the culture, traditions etc

Free-time activities

Volunteers have the weekend to explore the 16 regions of Ghana. Each region has its unique culture and tourist sites. Volunteers are advice to read more about Ghana's tourist sites to help them have a fair idea of where their interest will be. 

We help volunteers to choose tourist sites and give advice on safety check, accommodation and recommend tour guide if the need be.  There is a monkey sanctuary, mole safari ride, waterfalls, open street market, museum etc that volunteers can visit as well as local festivals  like akwasidae, Homowow,  Aboakyire, chalewote festival etc.

During the week days too, volunteers can go to the shopping, market centers or to relax at the beach after volunteer duties ends.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
medicine, science at High School minimum level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A compassionate heart.
Must be resilient
Positive attitude
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:30

What's Included

Services by SFLIG volunteers

Our main focus as an organization is to support girls education. Volunteer fees therefore help us to put girls through school at different levels, providing them with quarterly supply of sanitary towels and other personal hygiene items etc. 

  •  Pre-departure support
  • Visa letter and documentations
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation and safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation (as specified above) with utility bills
  • Food/Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Program supervision
  • Registration Fee for medical outreaches and medical facilities
  • Donation to placement
  • Donation to  girls support

Airport Pickup at Kotoka International Airport
Our representative will be at the airport arrival hall with a sheet of paper with your name for easy identification, Upon meeting you, He will then drive you straight to your placement location.

Volunteers will stay with a host family that will be provided by SFLIG volunteers, which is very safe for volunteers and this will help them to adjust, adapt and know the Ghanaian culture and that of the community intern will be doing the volunteer work. The selection of a host family will deepen on the information that will be provided on the application form the volunteer will fill and submit. 

These host families are people who have been investigated and have good record and have good health. There are periodic checks to see if they are still u to standard. The accommodation is part of the program fee. Accommodation in hostiles and dormitories can sometimes be organized for group of interns from 6 upwards working on same or similar project or working at the same project site. Volunteer will have a room of her own or mostly likely to share a room with a fellow volunteer. A bed will be provided and any other necessary things like a table and chair will be provided and volunteer will have access to T.V, radio, electricity, kitchen, toilet and bath, clean water.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Host families are responsible for providing breakfast and dinner everyday. Due to the distance between project area and home lunch can’t be provided and volunteers are advice to go with a snack. The foods served mainly consist of continental dishes comprising rice, chicken, beef, tea, coffee, bread, eggs, soup, potato, oaths, fruits, fish, etc. Local food

That is mainly made from the above, tubers, beans and/or maize is served alongside. It is also very common for an intern to find a familiar dish in restaurants in different cities. Volunteers are provided with well treated water which is purchased from certified producers of hygienically bottled or bagged water.

Volunteers with special dietary needs like vegetarian should let us know, so we can prepare their preferred meal. Those with allergies should let us know too.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers are free to arrive at any day of their choice but we advice volunteers arrive on Fridays or Saturdays, for them to have some rest and settle in before volunteer duties start on Monday (Volunteers are also allowed to determine when they want to start upon arrival). Volunteers can arrive at any time of the day but arriving in the evenings means volunteer will have to spend long time at the airport due to long queue because most  flights arrive in the evening. Therefore volunteers can look for flights that arrives mid morning or early afternoon.

Our representative will pick up volunteer to the his /her host family's accommodation. 

This program is all year round and volunteer can extend length of stay upon arrival.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$154 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. SFLIG volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with SFLIG volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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