His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana: Appoint the Mental Health Board

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  • Beatings and shackling.
  • Lack of support and treatment.
  • Stigma and discrimination.


Things need to change. Now.  

A major milestone for Ghana’s mental health system was the passing of a new Mental Health Act in 2012 but the Act can't be used until a Board is appointed. The Board has to be appointed by the President; he should have done it by 30 November 2012 but the people of Ghana are still waiting.

The Mental Health Act will re-focus mental health provision from institutions to a more community-based care and it aims to combat stigma and discrimination against mentally ill people which is as rife in Ghana as elsewhere.

It is now crucial that the Act doesn’t simply become another piece of legislature, gathering dust and causing no real change. In short: the Act needs action.

The Act has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people across Ghana - that's why I am asking the President to appoint the Board now. As the UK lead for The Kintampo Project, a major mental health NGO in Ghana, lead for a survey of the whole Ghana mental health system in 2012 and former full time lecturer at Kumasi University (KNUST) I know the problems first hand. I am pleased that the Ghanaian Government is finally seeing mental health as a priority, but this next step is critical.

Please sign the petition and add your voice to those of us calling for action to improve the lives of people with mental illness.  Please ask the President to appoint the Mental Health Board now.

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