Tag Archives: Mental Health

Gov’t must focus on mental health – Asantehene

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has called on government to prioritize mental healthcare in Ghana. He said mental health cannot be relegated to the background as had been done over the years amid the rising cases of mental disorder. The Asantehene made the call in a speech read for him at the 59th annual conference of the Ghana Medical ...

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Promoting mental health – a way of ending suicides [Article]

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe Suicide is a serious public health problem; however, suicides are preventable with timely, evidence-based and ...

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Promoting mental health a sure way to reduce suicide [Article]

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe. Suicide is a serious public health problem; however, suicides are preventable with timely, evidence-based and ...

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The stigma and discrimination of mental illness [Article]

“37-year-old Kofi Mensah lives in a compound house with his wife and 2 children. One night he was heard shouting on top of his voice, banging on doors, praying and commanding things to happen and even began stripping himself naked. Some neighbours rushed around and helped his wife convey him to the psychiatric hospital. A month and a half later ...

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Enforce laws against chaining of mental patients – Psychiatrist

The Chief Psychiatrist of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Kwasi Osei, has called for the enforcement of laws that prevent supposed healing centres from chaining psychiatric patients in their care. Speaking at the launch of the 2017 mental health week at the International Press Centre in Accra, Dr. Osei called for more stringent measures to ensure that the rights of mental ...

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Mental health durbar held in Yendi

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

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

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

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

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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