Thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their human rights. They are not only discriminated against, stigmatised and marginalised but are also subject to emotional and physical abuse in both mental health facilities and the community.
Poor quality care due to a lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities leads to further violations.
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, is “Dignity in mental health”.
The Mental Health Authority in Ghana will be holding series of activities towards raising awareness on the need of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity.
Activities for the weeks’ celebration are;
- Monday 12th October – Press Launch, Accra
- Tuesday 13th October – Public Lecture, GNAT Hall Accra
- Wednesday, 14th October – Open day in all Mental Health facilities
- Thursday, 15th October, Mental Education.
- Friday, 16th October, Meeting with Chiefs and traditional then a visit to a faith based healing centre in Nyankomasi Ahenkro, Central region.
- Saturday 17th OCtober, Grand Burbar, Cape Coast.
- Sunday 18th October, Thanksgiving Church Service
The celebration is in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the UKAID and Basic Needs, Ghana.