It will interest you to note that Nine Thousand, five hundred and twenty-three (9,523) cases of mood disorders were recorded in 2016 at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital alone, not to mention the figures from the other psychiatric hospitals, community mental health units, the general hospitals and those who do not report to any of the facilities.
This calls for a concerted effort in improving the quality and access to mental healthcare delivery in the country, and the Accra Psychiatric hospital for that matter. It is in this light that I consider it heart-warming, the commitment from a treasured personality with well-known presence taking up the mantle of Goodwill Ambassador for the hospital.
BY: ALBERTA PUPLAMPU
Relatives should look out for these warning signs (verbal /non-verbal) from persons contemplating suicide. The person may make comments such as;
“Life is not even worthwhile”.
“This world has nothing to offer me”
“People are better off without me”
THE CRIPPLING MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM.
BY BERCHIE ANTWI ISAAC
The Colonial American Society referred to those suffering from mental illnesses as “lunatics” which interestingly enough was derived from the root word “lunar” meaning, “moon”. Through astrological reasoning it was believed that insanity was caused by a full moon at the time of a baby’s birth or a baby sleeping under the light of a full moon.
Human Development and Drug Use among the Youth
By Samuel Cudjoe Hanu. Fellow; WACON GCNM.
Adolescents go through a lot of stress manoeuvring between youth and adulthood. There are obvious age-related increases in social behaviour and risk-taking/novelty-seeking behaviour in adolescents.