• Centre for Peoples Development hold community durbar ahead of mental health day

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As part of activities to mark the 2019 mental health day in the country, the Centre for Peoples Development, a nongovernmental organization in partnership with Basic Needs-Ghana in the Upper West Region will stage a community durbar in the Nadowli  Kaleo district.

The community durbar which is scheduled to take place tomorrow in the morning at the four court of the Ghana National Fire Service workplace is under the theme, ‘working together to prevent suicide-a call for national action.

The theme is in line with this year’s national theme for mental health day celebrations. It is expected that the durbar will serve as a platform for the people to discuss suicide related issues and prevention.

Seeninyin B. Anacletus is the programm advisor for the Centre for the Development of People. On phone line we find out from him more rational behind the durbar.

In an telephone interview with Seeninyin Anacletus, he said we should take mental health issues as a societal issue but not an individual

He called on the society not to discriminate against mental challenge people in the country .

This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided to make “suicide prevention” the main theme of World Mental Health Day.

Suicidal behavior has existed throughout human history, but due to several complex factors, it has increased gradually in all parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels.

While the WHO has made suicide a priority issue for a number of years, it is important to emphasize that it is a topic that has attracted the interest of most fields of study for centuries, which is why it has been explored by philosophy, religion, medicine, sociology, bioethics, law, and psychology, among other fields.

According to the WHO, more than 800,000 people die by suicide a year, making it the principal cause of death among people fifteen to twenty-nine years old.

It is often believed that it is only adults who exhibit suicidal behaviors, but it should be made known that many children and young people engage in this kind of behavior as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying.

Suicide is a global public health problem that deserves the attention of all the actors in the field of mental health, including scientific and professional organizations, organizations for mental health users and their families, and universities. It deserves particular attention from national health authorities, since it is their responsibility to craft policies and directives aimed at establishing strategies to prevent suicide and promote the public’s mental health. The role of both print and audiovisual communication media and of social media is no less important, since their participation can have positive as well as negative effects, depending on how they address this subject.

10th October is set aside to celebrate mental health in the world

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