Susan is 19 years old and an 11th grade student at William V.S. Tubman High School in Monrovia, where Leah Sorboh, a child and adolescent mental health clinician, runs the school-based clinic. Susan meets twice a week with Leah and says that the counselling helps her to stay focused on her schoolwork and on her goal of pursuing a career as a petroleum engineer. She says, “It really helped me a lot, because for me, I have had some problems in the house with my mommy, and I had some problems with friends I made at school, so then I come and discuss it with the health clinician, and then she helps me sort it out.”

This work in school-based clinics is part of an initiative between The Carter Center, the Liberian government, and its partners. The Supporting Psychosocial Health and Resilience in Liberia project is implemented by The Carter Center and funded by the Government of Japan through the World-Bank Administered Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF). Through funding from the JSDF project, hundreds of clinicians have been trained to treat children and adults living with mental illness.

A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights and economic opportunity.

The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

The Carter Center Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses.

www.cartercenter.org/health/mental_health