The Mental Health Authority has launched nine set of guidelines and policies to guide the delivery of mental healthcare in Accra on the 19th of December 2018.
The protocols are expected to guide mental healthcare delivery within the Ghana health service and to also regulate the activities of people in the informal areas such as the Faith Based Organizations who handle mental health cases.
The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Authority, Professor Akwasi Osei, in his presentation on the nine protocols, described the launch of the guidelines as a significant milestone for mental healthcare and for Ghana’s development. He added that the guidelines are a foundation for building a new paradigm for mental healthcare in the country.
The Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Nana Kwabena Adjei Mensah, who officially launched the guidelines, in his address, stated that the launch of the guidelines is one of the several initiatives that will soon be implemented to enhance mental healthcare delivery in Ghana. “Soon, the legislative instrument will be passed and the mental health board will be constituted and inaugurated. A funding mechanism will also be established’’ he said. He emphasized these initiatives will give a positive face to mental health in Ghana.
BasicNeeds Ghana, a civil society in mental health called for the active implementation of the guidelines to prevent it from becoming dormant.
The protocols include but are not limited to guidelines for Conducting Peer Review at Psychiatric Hospitals, Integrating Mental Health into General Health Care Systems, Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, Communication Strategy On Stigma Reduction and Discrimination Against Persons with Mental Illness in Ghana and a Staff Charter.
Present at the launch was the Medical Journalists’ Association- Ghana and BasicNeeds Ghana.