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Mental Health - Survivors Share Experiences to Tackle Stigmatisation

Mental Health - Survivors Share Experiences to Tackle Stigmatisation”

The Alliance for Mental Health Development, a group made up of civil society organisations and actors, traditional authorities, assembly members and religious bodies in collaboration with MIHOSO International, a health centred NGO with support from BasicNeeds Ghana, an international NGO organised the forum. How do we justify the policies, the declarations signed and the intentions that do not move beyond the actual investment in mental health?

Many employers are concerned about the rising cost of workplace mental illness.

Rachel Clift, health and wellbeing director at Ben, said the report, the publication of which coincided with World Mental Health Day, was meant to highlight the scale of the problem.

When measuring healthy life lost as a result of living with a disability, also known as a non-fatal burden of disease, mental illness is the second largest contributor (24%) in Australia.

Another important approach to preventing suicide and promoting mental health is encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.

"Mental health problems can affect any one of us at any time, and we want to ensure that we provide a working environment in which people feel comfortable speaking openly about mental health and asking for help when they need it". He disclosed that due to lack of support, Nigerian patients go to Benin Republic to get free medication. In the context of mental illness, these are called "reasonable adjustments" and can be explored with careful consideration of the law and workplace requirements.

We congratulate the Government of Ghana in its foresight in making Mental Health a priority.

"The Sindh Mental Health Act, 2013, now allows for anyone attempting suicide to have a psychiatric assessment first", the audience was told. There is also NDIS funding for people who have a disability other than a psychological disability but still need mental health related services.

It is estimated that 90% people who commit suicide suffer from a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness, she informed the attendees of the seminar, adding that in order to curb suicide rates, it is essential to take steps for the prevention of mental illnesses and removing stigma associated with them, promotion of good mental health and improving access to mental healthcare.

We also reflect soberly on this year's theme of Suicide Prevention.

If our intention is to make life better for those with mental illnesses, we must target those to whom we look up when seeking interventions.

"But with the awareness we have started, it will help people to know that mental health issue is real and there are things that may likely cause people to have suicidal thoughts".

The SAFMH is urging the public who are thinking about suicide to seek help.

New Matilda is a small, independent media outlet. It is quite unfortunate the 9th assembly is here now, the 8th assembly was nearly getting it right, first reading passed, second reading passed and then they left and now we are having the 9th assembly and yet we have not passed it.



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