A mental health practitioner has urged the government of Ghana to step up support for mental health in the country.

Nana Abena Korkor of the Ghana Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG) said this support was needed so that people with mental health challenges would not be left behind as prescribed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN).

Business24

She said these in an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday during the launch of a “mapping report on disability interventions in Ghana,” by the Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP).

Addo said it was time the country treated the issue of mental health as a human rights issue just as it was doing for other persons with physical disabilities (PWDs).

“Generally, disability support is usually for those with visible disabilities such as the visually impaired, those who cannot walk, those without arms, among others

“Hardly do authorities think about persons with mental heal health conditions, especially those who are living normal lives,” she said.

She, therefore, advocated for support services that would be able to take care of such people in crisis times, so they would quickly return to normal.

The activist explained that there are people with bipolar and schizophrenic conditions who get into a crisis from time to time, although most of the time, they are normal.

She, therefore, advocated for support services that would be able to take care of such people in crisis times, so they would quickly return to normal.

Although community treatment is one of the new methods introduced in Ghana’s new mental health policy, Addo said, there is still a lack of resources, “so it might not be too successful.”

“There are some little things that we overlook. It is not just the construction of new psychiatric units, but how you live your life after leaving the psychiatric hospital, and that is where support is needed,” she said.

The head of the Mental Health Authority Akwasi Osei has listed funding as one of the main challenges facing mental health service delivery in Ghana.

The report by ACEP recommended that the state should ensure the timely delivery of resources to the disability community in general so that their needs can be catered for.

The report also urged the government to involve including mental health people in the making of decisions that affect them. Enditem

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.