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Why Mental Health Should Be a National Priority in Ghana According To Dr. Adjorlolo

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Mental health has been a subject that has often been relegated to the backburner in Ghana. However, Dr Samuel Adjorlolo, the Head of Department, Mental Health Nursing at the University of Ghana, has urged the government to prioritize mental health and take concrete measures to address the problem.

Dr Adjorlolo was speaking at a mental health literacy forum organized by the University of Ghana Chapter of the Community and Life Empowerment Advocacy Network, Ghana (CLEAN Ghana). The forum focused on promoting mental health literacy on campus, with a particular emphasis on the role of students.

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According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 25 per cent of the world’s population suffers from various forms of mental disorders. In Ghana, a study conducted among high school students found that about 20 per cent of them had depressive issues, highlighting the urgent need to prioritize mental health.

Dr Adjorlolo emphasized the importance of mental literacy in promoting mental health and encouraged students to be knowledgeable and change their attitudes towards mental health. He stressed that to be able to identify and help people with mental health issues, students first needed to know, increase their recognition and change their attitude towards mental health.

Dr Adjorlolo also cautioned parents against using various choices of words on children that may affect their self-esteem and self-concept. He explained that choices of words contributed to mental health disorders and parents must be made aware of the consequences of their style of nurturing wards.

For the most part, Dr Adjorlolo called for a national program that encourages exercise and healthy eating and alleviates people’s economic situation to prevent mental health issues instead of palliative care. He also called for potential parents to be taught the impact of parenting style so that they do not repeat the mistakes of those who raised them.

In conclusion, mental health should be a national priority in Ghana, and concrete measures must be taken to address the problem. It is essential to increase mental health literacy among students and the general population and promote a healthy lifestyle that can prevent mental health issues.

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