Even before health structures were eroded by Ebola, Sierra Leone was a poor country with minimal mental health services. Ebola added stigma, trauma and poverty to existing stresses – burial procedures were imposed that conflicted with cultural customs, worsening grief. Poverty rose when quarantine prevented people from working, and misinformation fuelled stigma and social exclusion. People lost businesses, possessions, food, homes and family breadwinners. Mental health provision in Sierra Leone amounts to one retired psychiatrist and another who works for the Army; one clinical psychologist in private practice; 19 mental health nurses who graduated in 2012, and one government psychiatric hospital where patients are in chains. Health workers have little or no mental health training.