Celebrated on the 10th of October every year, World Mental Health Day encourages individuals and organizations worldwide to engage in conversations and initiatives that promote mental well-being because mental health is a universal human right.
In the busy garment factories of Cambodia, CARE, in collaboration with the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization, has been passionately working to weave the complex fabric of mental health into Levi Strauss & Co. supplier factories in Cambodia through the Sewing for a Brighter Future project.
For almost two decades, our partnership with the Levi Strauss Foundation has evolved from focusing on financial literacy to providing comprehensive support to factory workers through the “Sewing for a Brighter Future” project. Over the life of the partnership, the project has covered essential aspects such as sexual and reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, financial literacy, nutrition and hygiene, sexual harassment prevention, HIV/AIDS education, and most recently, mental health education.
Mental health education is critical in workplaces around the globe and the garment sector is no exception. The sector faces many challenges concerning worker well-being which are exacerbated by issues such as the high prevalence of sexual harassment and gender-based violence, job insecurity and long working hours. The importance of mental health care has grown significantly, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it vital to integrate mental health education into the workplace. In response to this growing need, CARE collaborated with the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization, Cambodia’s leading NGO in the field of mental healthcare and psychosocial support.