Helping The Mentally Handicapped
Bishop Dag Heward- Mills' outreach to people with mental disabilities, started at the Accra Psychiatric, and aims initially to improve the living conditions of these patients, by renovating their wards, bathroom and toilet facilities.
In March 2012,we visited the Female Ward , F2, at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. It is a subacute ward of female patients. At the time of our visit the ward had 51 patients, with only 24 of them sleeping on beds. The rest slept on mattresses on the floor. The bathrooms and toilet facilities badly needed renovation, as well as the general ward in which they slept.
Renovation of the F2 ward was completed at the end of April 2012.
Mental health issues are one of the silent but growing issues in our world today. The men, women, and children with mental disabilities may well be the most vulnerable persons in society.
Deeply stigmatized and NEGLECTED they easily fall prey to physical, psychological and to gross violations of their basic human rights. Many are confined against their will and may be left to languish for years in deplorable conditions.
DID YOU KNOW THAT....
Most middle and low-income countries devote less than 1% of their health expenditure to mental health. Consequently mental health policies, legislation, community care facilities, and treatments for people with mental illness are not given the priority they deserve.
"Persons with mental disorders are often the victims of cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment and are kept in deplorable conditions in psychiatric institutions that negatively affect their health in general and at times actually threaten their lives,"-Dr. Caldas de Almeida (Chief of the Mental Health Unit at the Panamerican Health Organization, the WHO Regional Office for the Americas, from 2000 to 2005).