Mental Health Educator, Emmanuel Aboagye, has added his voice to calls for the decriminalization of suicide in the country.
The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, this will help those who attempt suicide receive the needed psychiatric help.
“…you know in Ghana, it is a crime so all that the Mental Health Authorities and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital have been saying is that we should decriminalize the act. We are praying that policies can change in that direction so that people can actually receive care from our centers.
Mr. Emmanuel Aboagye further blamed the rising rate of suicide on the neglect of Mental Health in Ghana.
He adds that the rate at which people are committing suicide is increasing.
“…from our end it is increasing. The little data we’ve collected shows that suicide is increasing. In Ghana, it looks as if mental health, which is an aspect of the risk factors for suicide, has been neglected.”
Mr. Aboagye is also not happy with the level of funding for Psychiatric Hospitals.
He says that the hospitals now have limited funds and are now forced to charge money from patients.
“Accessing Mental care used to be free, you walk into the hospital and your folder was free, your medication was free and everything was free, but now we are forced to charge something to be able to sustain [ the facilities]” He said
Story by: Khadijah Abdul Latif|universnewsroom.com