The Executive Secretary of MindFreedom Ghana, Mr Dan Taylor, has been appointed as a member of the Movement for Global Mental Health advisory board to help improve services for people living with mental health problems worldwide.
This is the first time a Ghanaian has been appointed to serve on the board since the movement was started in 2007 with a Call for Action published in the first Lancet series on global mental health.
“I’m pleased to apprise that I’ve been appointed a member of the Advisory Board of the Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH),” Mr Taylor told the Ghana News Agency on Friday.
“I feel honoured and delighted to be a member of the Advisory Board which I’m fully committed to by playing my part to achieving the objectives of the MGMH within this tenure,” he added.
“My appointment to the Advisory Board is the first any Ghanaian has risen to that position in the MGMH since its formation.”
The tenure of the new Board to is from 2017 to 2020.
Mr Taylor’s role and duties are expected to include serving in an advisory capacity to the Principal Coordinator on the activities and management of MGMH.
He is to assist with and advice on enquiries received – that are often related to individuals seeking assistance with mental health problems and human rights violations from all over the world.
Sourcing of funding towards operational costs and planning of the biannual Global Mental Health Summit, forms part of Mr Tayor’s role.
He is expected to contribute content for the newsletter, website and social media and promoted promote the Movement and recruit members within members’ areas and diverse contacts.
Mr Taylor said he would work hard to inure benefits for the improvement of the country’s mental healthcare and persons with mental disorders.
“I’ll raise up issues about our country at our meetings so that support in various forms can be accessed from other parts of world.”
“I’ll get the Movement to focus attention on Ghana in cases where and when necessary to get our government to do what it takes to address all issues of mental healthcare and the rights of persons with mental disorders.”
The Movement is a network of individuals and organisations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries where effective services are often scarce.
Two principles are fundamental to the Movement: scientific evidence and human rights.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.