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U/West: More advocacy on mental health needed – Minister

The Acting Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, has called for the stepping up of advocacy on mental health to protect the rights of mental health patients. “Their human rights should not continue to be violated at homes and the treatment centres” he said. Speaking at the annual review conference of the Regional branch of the Ghana Coalition of ...

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Florida school shooting: Officer Scot Peterson defends actions

The armed school officer branded a coward by President Donald Trump has defended his actions during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Scot Peterson was outside the school when a gunman killed 17 people, but did not go inside as shots rang out. His attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo, said his client believed the gunfire was coming from outside the school. ...

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Stakeholders in Upper East trained on mental health

Basic Needs-Ghana, an NGO, in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has held a training and education programme on Mental Health for stakeholders in the Upper East Region. The stakeholders, who included; health workers, Assembly Members, Opinion leaders, Prayer Camp Managers and Traditional Leaders, would contribute to the fight against issues confronting persons with Mental Illness and Epilepsy. They ...

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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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