Freeze Stigmatization of Persons with Mental Challenge – Psychiatrist to Ghanaians
Stigmatization to mental health patients must stop, Head of the Psychiatry Unit in the Asamankese Government Hospital of the Eastern Region, Mr Daniel Asiedu charge people.
The Head of Psychiatry Unit in the Asamankese Government Hospital of the Eastern Region, Mr Daniel Asiedu has called on Ghanaians to freeze stigmatization against Persons with mental Disorders.
He fumed, mental disorders can be treated and noted that most Ghanaians, although they are not naked roaming in the street but have mental challenges.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of 2021 World Mental Health Day, Mr Daniel Asiedu narrated, when one has poor mental health, they are more likely to suffer from a mental health disorder which includes Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Disorder (GAD), Panic disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic Stress and Disorder (PTSD).
The psychiatrist opined, "mental health affects thoughts, feelings, and actions, therefore, Government and other stakeholders should invest massively in mental health".
He bemoaned, most Government Hospitals lack mental health staff, vehicles to pay regular visits to Persons under treatment, and an official Department for mental health staff.
This year, the World Mental Health Day celebration is under the theme “Mental health in an unequal world”.
Annually, World Mental Health Day is marked on October 10th and raises awareness and mobilizes efforts to support mental health.
The World Federation for Mental Health first observed World Mental Health Day in 1992 with members and contacts in many countries.
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