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Tag Archives: Mental Health

Mental health durbar held in Yendi

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BasicNeeds-Ghana has organized a durbar on mental health in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region, where the Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya Naa Yakubu Abdulai Andani, joined the crusade to promote the human rights of mentally ill people. The durbar sponsored by UKaid, brought together traditional rulers, youth and women groups in Dagbon, to chart a new path towards liberating ...

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Concerted efforts needed to reduce suicides – Mental Health Authority

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The Mental Health Authority is calling for concerted efforts to reduce suicide related deaths in the country as Ghana joins the rest of the world to mark Suicide Prevention Day today. According to the Authority it is using this year’s event which has the theme ‘Take a Minute, Change a Life’ to intensify awareness creation on the prevention of suicide ...

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Group angry over 3-yr shortage of drugs for U/East mental patients

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The Alliance for Mental Health and Development in the Upper East Region, says a three year reported shortage of drugs for mental patients in the Upper East Region, is worsening the conditions of patients there. It  has thus urged government to as a matter of urgency provide the psychotropic drugs needed to avert any further consequences. The Alliance comprising Regional ...

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Mental Health Authority to prosecute entities abusing patients

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The Mental Health Authority has said it will prosecute any organisation or entity, which is still involved in the inhumane chaining of mental health patients. According to the authority, with the promulgation of the Mental Health Act 2012, such practices are deemed as illegal hence their warning. In Ghana, faith-based healing centres and prayer camps are the first point of ...

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Traditional leaders trained to protect rights of mentally challenged persons

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About 80 traditional leaders from some selected districts in the Northern Region have been educated on the risks associated with violation of mentally challenged people rights. The two days event organized in Tamale and Tolon brought together participants from Tamale, Sagnarigu, Savelugu-Nantong, Tolon and Kumbungu districts. A Tamale based human rights advocacy Non-Governmental Organization, Gub-Katimali spearheaded the capacity building workshop ...

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16 chained, mentally ill people rescued from prayer camp

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A team from the Mental Health Authority (MHA) stormed the Jesus Divine Prayer Camp at Fantsi Nyankumasi in the Central Region last Friday and released 16 mentally challenged people from chains. According to the Chief Psychiatrist and Chief Executive Officer of the MHA, Dr Akwasi Osei, who led the team, the action was part of the authority’s campaign on “No ...

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Mental health failings contributing to suicides – Mental Health Authority

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwesi Osei, has blamed the recent suicide cases in the country to the increase in mental health related cases in the country. He said suicide was a leading cause of death for people seriously affected by mental illness. “One of the topical issues in the country has to do with ...

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Pay attention to mental health care – NGO to gov’t

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An appeal has been made to the government to focus its attention on mental health care. Madam Ruth Okyere of the Mind Freedom Ghana, an NGO committed to mental health issues, said there should be adequate budgetary allocation for that. This, she noted, had become necessary in the wake of recent suicide cases in the country. She called for an ...

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It’s time to invest in basic school counselling [Article]

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Young lives are wasting away tragically and all we are interested in is reporting it. What did we expect when we only care about the grades they are making in school while we leave their emotional health to chance. Our education system urgently needs an effective counselling program. In a space of two weeks, we have had to wake up ...

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Gov’t urged to improve funding for mental health care

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The Ghana Mental Health Authority has appealed to government to commit resources to funding mental health care, by employing mental health professionals to improve the country’s worsening mental health situation. According to the Deputy Director of Community Care at the Authority, Mrs. Priscilla Tawiah Elikplim, regular funding of mental health and recruitment of clinical psychologists and counselors is critical to ensuring ...

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