BasicNeeds-Ghana, Mental Health Society and Mental Health Foundation of Ghana, have called on Government and civil society groups to initiate activities for better healthcare and treatment for the aged and vulnerable groups.
“We call on all, both state and non state actors as well as civil society organisations, to make mental health of the aged a priority in their activities,” they said.
This was in a statement jointly signed by Mr Badimak Peter Yaro, Executive Director of BasicNeeds-Ghana and Mr Humphrey Kofie, Executive Secretary of Mental Health Society of Ghana, to mark the World Mental Health Day on Thursday.
The global theme for this year’s celebration is: “Mental Health and Older Adults,” while in Ghana the day is being held on the theme: “Mental Health and the Place of our Aged in Service Provision and Social Care.”
Ghana and the World Bank marked the World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10, a day set aside by the World Health Organisation to create awareness about mental health disorders and promote mental health.
The statement expressed sincere felicitations of the organisations to women, men, boys and girls with mental disorders and all forms of psychological disabilities and their families, healthcare service providers and those who make mental health an issue and contribute to its improvement.
The statement explained that the day enables mental health stakeholders to focus attention on a very special group with unique and specific needs.
It said: “We are using the occasion to impress on the Government to live up to its responsibilities to vulnerable and neglected population groups and ensure the health and socio-economic needs are addressed holistically.
“We also appeal to the mass media to help increase awareness of mental health and needs of special population groups especially the aged,” it said.