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Stakeholder Sensitisation Meeting On Mental Health BA/R

The Brong Ahafo Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (BANGO) through the Community Initiative Foundation (CIF) an NGO has organised a stakeholder’s sensitisation meeting on mental health in Atebubu.

 

 Funded jointly by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and their Danish counterparts DANIDA through STAR-Ghana, the stakeholders were drawn from Mission of Hope, Search for Rural Development and The Youth our Future all NGOs, the Ghana Health Service as well as Department for Social Welfare and Community Development.

According to Mr Issahaku Nabila the convener, the programme was aimed at deepening awareness on mental health in the Brong Ahafo region using the CIF as the lead NGO for the Atebubu zone comprising Atebubu-Amantin, Pru, Sene East and Sene West districts.

Mr Christopher Akgnchi a mental health officer took the meeting through the definition, types and influences on mental health.

He gave the types as behavioural, chemo and psycho with the influences being either genetic or environmental.

Mr Akgnchi said whereas environmental influences could be managed, genetic ones were innate and difficult to control.

In another presentation Mr Faustinius Obrotey, the Director of Social Welfare for Pru District dwelt extensively on the Mental Health Law (Act 846) adding that it was important to protect people with the condition and avoid stigmatizing them.

He said mental health had become more of a social problem than medical thus necessitating home based care.

He urged participants to be advocates of mental health emphasizing early treatment which he said was free.

A team comprising officials from the CIF and facilitators later followed up with an education programme on the subject on Star 89.7 fm a local radio station.

 

Source: ISD (Daniel Oduro-Stewart)

 

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