Mental Health Authority calls for resources to tackle suicide cases

Accra, Sept. 11, GNA – The Mental Health
Authority (MHA) has called on government to resource the Authority to be able
to conduct baseline researches on suicides and how it affects the development
of the nation.

It said the move would inform the Authority on
the type of policy and interventions that are required to deal with the
increasing number of suicide cases in the country.

A release from the MHA copied to the Ghana
News Agency said the Authority held the World Suicide Prevention Day aimed at
encouraging Ghanaians to engage with each other and join in the effort to
create more awareness on suicide prevention.

The event was dubbed: “Working together to
prevent suicide”.

The release said suicide was the result of
convergence of genetic, psychological, social, cultural and other risk factors,
sometimes combined with experiences of trauma and loss.

People who take their own lives represent a
heterogeneous group, with unique complex and multifaceted casual influences
preceding their final act, it said.

The release said, the MHA has over the past
year observed the increased reportage on suicide in the media across the
country.

It said the authority was of the view that
every act of suicide in the society was caused by lack of help to persons who
needed help from their communities, institutions and bodies that had the
responsibility to ensure such persons find help in their most vulnerable times.

The economic challenges in nations across
the world and especially in Ghana, coupled with the weakness in the social systems
contributed significantly to the decline in mental wellbeing of the population,
the release said.

It said persons who were unable to cope with
the economic challenges on daily basis have persistently ranked very high on
the dataset gathered by the Authority.

The release said according to World Health
Organisation, a person dies every 40 seconds by suicide worldwide, with 25 more
people making an attempt at suicide totaling approximately 800,000 persons
dying per year and Ghana has its fair share of the number.

It appealed to benevolent organisations and
the public to support the fight against suicides in the country by donating to
research efforts on suicides, annual financing of toll free activation with the
telecommunication companies and supporting persons referred to clinical
psychologists and psychiatrist trough their therapies and medications.

MHA commended all stakeholders and the media
who have helped in advocacy to continuously create awareness in mental health
and urged the media to put mental health issues at the fore front of public
discussions.

GNA

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