4 million Ghanaians are currently mad - Mental health authority

4 million Ghanaians are currently mad - Mental health authority

- The state of mental heath in Ghana remains on the balance following poor performance

- Ghana's mental health says one in every 4 Ghanaian has mental issues

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It has emerged that close to 4 million Ghanaians suffer mental health challenges in recent times, the Ghana Mental Health Authority has revealed.

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This was revealed by the deputy chief executive officer of the authority who states that one in every four Ghanaian currently suffer mild to severe mental disorders.

Speaking at the sidelines of the launch of an NGO called Friends of mental health, Dr, Caroline Amissah revealed that these mental issues range from depression, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia with depression among others.

This worrying report comes on the backdrop of how government continues to place enough budget on issues of mental health.

“Last year for instance, the government did not release any funds for mental health services, while this year the government has not provided any drugs although GH¢500,000 had been released for the various mental health facilities,” Dr. Amissah revealed.

Mental health in Ghana remains one of the most troubling health concerns in the country with the only psychiatric hospital in the city of Accra said to have ran out of logistics and medical staff.

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In the capital city of Accra for example, health officials at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital have also threatened to lay down their tools following the failure on government to prioritize the issue of mental health.

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