IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH LITERACY & THERAPY/ COUNSELLING SERVICES- 1500+ This project is geared towards educating youth on mental health and the need for Psychotherapy & counselling/support services. It will target 1000 students and 50 institutional guidance and counselling co-ordinators with the view to raising awareness on the mental health phenomenon as well as equip 500 health workers with mental health skills to appropriately manage mental health challenges in the Northern Region of Ghana.
Mental health is almost a neglected component of health care services in Ghana. The mental health treatment gap stands at 98% (Dixon, 2012). The training content of health professionals on mental health in the country is low (Roberts, Mogan, & Asare, 2014). Also prevalence of psychological distress is high in Ghana (Sipsma, et al, 2013). There are also limited funding opportunities, inadequate human resources and inadequate facilities to cater for mental health conditions.
This will be aimed at improving the mental health literacy levels and usability of mental health services with less stigma & discrimination. This project will help build up a healthier, productive & happier population for Ghana. 1. Awareness creation among 1000 students. 2. Provision of counselling and psychotherapy services and interventions for 1000 students. 3. Empowering 50 institutional counselors for project relevance. 4. Equipping 500+ health workers to provide mental health services.
Project aims to carry out preventive work by raising awareness of mental disorders in Senior High Schools, promoting healthy and stress-free living and improving upon the mental health literacy level of health workers and the youth. We want to institute psychological/mental health CLUBS in schools for effective discussion and management of emotional trauma issues as well as raise mental health awareness & minimize stigma while improving acceptability levels by families and community members.