Dr. Eric Kweku Arhinful, a clinical psychiatry officer and the founder and director of Country Alliance on Mental illness (CAMI), a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Winneba in the Efutu municipality of the central region has called for adequate measures and resources to reduce mental health stigmatization in the country.
He says mental health issues in Ghana lacked adequate attention from all circles, leaving mentally challenged patients and their families to report to traditional medicine practitioners or fetish priests for solutions.
Dr. Eric Kweku Arhinful made the call at a two day sensitization workshop organized by CAMI for teachers from the Aswel academy in Winneba.
Dr. Eric Kweku Arhinful says teachers play important role in child development, therefore teaches ought to know mental health situation and other related symptoms so as to prompt the parents and mental health professions to ensure its early treatment or preventions.
Country Alliance on Mental Illness (CAMI) is a non-governmental organization made up of multi disciplined professionals who have come together with one common goal of promoting good mental health in Ghana and beyond, by so doing help changes the lives of people affected by mental Health issues to become productive in the society as a normal and respected individual.
Dr. Eric Kweku Arhinful mentioned Advocacy and lobbing, support and collaboration of mental Health Services, training education are some of the operation areas of the organization and called for government, individuals and stakeholders in the health sector for effective crusade on mental health illness.
About 45 teachers were trained on mental health issues as ambassador to intend help treat the menace and reduce its stigmatization.
By Paa Paintsil
Winneba – Central Region