Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. William Ahlijah, is calling for more focus on mental health in the country.
According to him, the systemic stigma that is tied to mental health in Ghana makes it an urgent public health concern which must be tackled head-on by relevant stakeholders.
“There is a lot of stigma associated with suicide and mental health .We are being ostrich- like with this, burying our head in the sand pretending that these things do not exist but they do. There is a whole public health crisis in terms of mental issues and we need to confront it head-on”
Dr. William Ahlijah also called for mental health services to be made more accessible to increase patronage.
“You have to talk to the patient and find out what the problem is and make the service easily available in private practice or the mental hospital”. The help must be readily available and patients must be willing to access this help”, he reiterated.
Dr. Ahlijah was speaking on the sidelines of a discussion on ”Understanding Mental Health Illness” hosted by the rotary club at the African Regent Hotel.
Story by: Dorothy Buatsi|universnewsroom.com