PHOLA Mental Health and Psychosocial Organisation
MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL WELLBEING FOR ALL.
PHOLA is a psychosocial and mental health institution registered with the Department of Social Development in 2016 to provide culturally sensitive, homegrown mental health and psychosocial interventions among people living in low-income and disadvantaged societies.
Our main thrust is to provide mental health services as well as to address and eradicate some social ills, including gender-based violence, child abuse, substance abuse, and stigmatisation and social exclusion, to ensure the psychosocial well-being of everyone.
PHOLA was established by Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo, an internationally renowned Psychosocial Specialist whose work in trauma is known and used in many countries, including UK, Australia, and USA. Ncazelo has more than 15 years of experience in providing mental health and psychosocial support to marginalised populations.
PHOLA focuses on women and children, people with disabilities, and men and boys. PHOLA uses some homegrown Afrocentric and tailor-made methodologies like Tree of Life, O.U.T.T.R.A.G.E.D, COURRAGE, and Narrative in Suitcase.
These methodologies are disseminated through a non-blaming Narrative approach. PHOLA has a staff complement of 42 employees. Among them are psychologists, social workers, sociologists, and volunteers with extensive experience in mental health care interventions, psychosocial support, counselling, and therapeutic services for people battling with trauma, stress, and depression.