Ghana is famously known for its hospitality. However, our attitude as a society towards psycho-social patients (mental health patients) leaves little to be desired. Psychosocial people have fundamental human rights to access basic needs for a dignified living. At Participatory Development Associates , we believe that everyone matters, thus, they must be protected. Social protection enjoins government and other state institutions to help, support and protect the vulnerable in society or those affected by illness or age through durably designed policies and programs. Unfortunately, most psychosocial patients are not given the needed attention both at the family and state level. Their plight has deteriorated the more with governments neglect in providing essential services to such persons.
As we celebrate Mental Health Week in Ghana, PDA is using this opportunity to highlight the plight of psychosocial persons and the need for state and non-state agencies, as well as individuals to pay more attention to mental health issues in Ghana.
We re-broadcast the video below to highlight the challenges and illustrate the urgent need for a more closer attention to mental health issues in Ghana.
A DOCUMENTARY ON THE STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN GHANA NOV 2015