417 attempted suicide cases recorded in first half of 2021

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In the first half of 2021; that is from January to June, the country has recorded a total of 417 attempted suicide cases.

Amongst the 16 regions, the Ashanti Region leads with 61 cases followed by the Eastern Region with 60 cases. The Upper East came third with 47 cases while Greater Accra and Central regions had 37 cases each.

Volta Region recorded 35 cases, Oti Region 22, Bono East 21 and Western North 17.

Bono, North East and Upper West regions recorded 16 cases each.

Western, Ahafo, Northern and Savannah recorded 14, 11, 4 and 3 respectively.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Director of Mental Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Amma Ampomaa Boadu at a mental health literacy training programme organised by the Mental Health Authority.

Speaking at the programme, Dr. Boadu said while mental health challenges played a major role, media reportage on suicide cases also contributed to the increasing cases.

She noted that her office will continue to intensify the advocacy and promotion of mental health and also train more health workers to be able to identify common mental health disorders.

Dr. Boadu further revealed that sometimes they do not have medications for people who visit the facilities with challenges, so, called on government and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to invest more in mental health.

Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Prof Akwasi Osei, also bemoaned the increasing number of mental illnesses which is contributing to attempted suicide cases in the country.

He however noted that mental health issues have not been given the necessary attention they deserve because the nation has inadequate mental health facilities to take care of patients.

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