We need funds to improve mental health services – MHA

Mental Health

Ms. Janet Naa Karley Amegatcher, Director of MindFreedom Ghana and board member of the Mental Health Authority (MHA), supported calls for the MHA to be adequately funded to implement its policies.

She noted that adequate funding for the policy-making function of the authority would enable the successful provision of essential services to people with mental and psychosocial disorders.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency about her reappointment to the Ghana MHA Board, Ms Amegatcher expressed concern about the lack of funds to ensure the establishment of mental health care for high quality for people with mental health issues and blocking the formation of visitation committees to gather information about people with mental health issues.

“The council has a lot of issues and things to do, but there’s no money to run the policies,” she said.

“For example, there must be visitation committees that must be formed, and there must be real visitations to see what is happening in the places where we have our patients.”

“Unfortunately, most of the time there is no money allocated for the operation of these things, and so these things will be on paper, but they are not implemented,” she added.

“I would like this time that this [funding] would be made available so that the council could also set up the committees and ensure that the visits are made and that the proper functioning of the places that take care of our vulnerable people are taken care of.

Ms Amegatcher, who was re-appointed to the board by MindFreedom Ghana, called on stakeholders, especially philanthropists and non-governmental organisations, to assist the authorities with finances to help deliver improved mental health services to people with mental illnesses.

“I am happy to be part of the board of the Mental Health Authority as I can contribute to the formulation of board policies to promote the development of mental health care in Ghana,” she said. .

The Ghana Mental Health Authority was established by an Act of Parliament, the Mental Health Act 846 of 2012, to design, advocate and execute mental health policies and to provide culturally appropriate mental health treatment, human and inclusive in Ghana.

Officials believe there has been tremendous progress in mental health care in Ghana since the establishment of the board, despite concerns about limited funds and resources for effective policy creation and execution .

Meanwhile, Mr. Dan Taylor, Executive Secretary of MindFreedom Ghana, congratulated its Executive Director saying, “Congratulations Mrs. Janet Amegatcher, Director of our organization, on her appointment as a member of the new 11 members of the Mental Health Authority.

“We pledge our support and encouragement to you in discharging your duties diligently and diligently.”

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