Stories

Making Mental Health a Priority in Nepal in Responding to COVID-19  During times of crises, mental health is often adversely impacted, with increased risks of anxiety and depression, but also for people living with mental illness crises can disrupt routines and access to necessary medicine. CBM has been working with partner organisations in Nepal to provide...

Over the past decade, we have seen natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies increase in number, scale and duration, having considerable impact on the world’s most vulnerable people. CBM Australia plays a vital role in ensuring humanitarian action and disaster response includes people with disabilities – in our immediate region and globally.Common experience reveals that people...

In times of epidemics and crisis people living with mental illness can become especially vulnerable. There are often spikes in mental health concerns reported within the general community, and these spikes can be particularly challenging for people living with mental illness.  During health crisis that include lockdown procedures, people living with mental illness may find...

Julian Eaton, CBM’s Global Advisor for Mental Health, answers questions about mental health, and how CBM is helping those most in need.What is mental health?When we talk about mental health, we often immediately think about mental illness, whereas in fact mental health is actually a good thing! Being mentally healthy is what allows us...

Bethany Wake was a remarkable 15-year-old Australian girl who loved God and people with a passion. Bethany was devoted to helping the poor and disadvantaged.  She had a particular heart for women suffering from obstetric fistula and she dreamed of becoming a midwife one day. In her life she began fundraising and awareness (the Blue Box) –...

Preventing the transmission of COVID-19 remains for now one of the best methods of combating the virus. CBM has been involved in curbing the spread of COVID-19 through the distribution of prevention kits to the communities we work with in Cameroon, in West Africa. These prevention kits include sanitation products like soaps, buckets and face...

Community Education Officer Stevie Wills’ hopes for inclusive communities as we begin to emerge from lockdown. In Australia, we haven’t seen a crisis like COVID-19 in our lifetime. In late March it dawned on me that I couldn’t ask my parents (or anyone else) how they had managed similar circumstances in the past. We have collectively...

Responding to COVID-19 in Indonesia In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic one way in which CBM has been working in Indonesia is to build initiatives that will assist people who might otherwise struggle during this time. One of these initiatives was through a partnership with a social crowdfunding platform. One of the campaigns on this...

Shadishori's Story: Disability Rights and Education. Shadishori heard about a disability project  in 2007 when CBM's partner organisation, NBJK were doing a survey in her village to find out how many people with disability there were. There were opportunities to get training, and she took up the chance to get 3 months of training as a...