Daboase, Sept 20, GNA – MindFreedom Ghana, a Mental Health NGO, on Thursday organized a community sensitization durbar for the people of Mpohor Wassa to educate them on issues of mental illness.
The durbar brought together, school children, parents, caregivers, queen mothers, chiefs, health workers, market women and some assembly members among others.
Mr. William Danquah, a Mental Health Nurse at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital said though mental health could be hereditary, certain attitudes and behaviours of some individuals made them prone to this health condition.
He said how individuals handled challenges and difficulty situations also played an important role as to whether one would get the disease or not.
Mr. Danquah said alcohol use and abuse, economic stress, marital, cerebral malaria, over exposure to radiation and old age as some of the factors that made one susceptible to the disease.
The Mental Health Nurse said gender could also predispose one to the condition as well as the use of stimulate.
He therefore advised against lifestyle habits that could endanger the mental health life of people.
Ms. Cecilia Quainoo, Senior Nursing Officer at the Essikado Hospital who spoke on Epilepsy said, the disease was not a curse as purported by some session of the community and that its could be treated.
She said families should not shy away from seeking early treatment for their members who were affected by the disease.
Ms. Quainoo expressed dissatisfaction about the way some families prevent the epileptic from going to school.
Mr. Daniel Taylor, Executive Director of MIndFreedom, said the NGO was poised at helping to create awareness on the disease since it was gradually becoming a huge societal problem