October 10 is World Mental Health Day
Liberia will join other nations of the world to celebrate World mental Health Day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. “It is becoming a crisis in Liberia”.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular Thursday press briefing yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Francis Kateh noted that our society is already getting into a crisis concerning mental health.According to Dr Kateh due to its reaching a crisis proportion and the pressure mounted by the global community, a decision was reached to observe October 10 every year as world mental health day, adding that the theme for this year is: ‘Young People and mental health in a changing world’.
He indicated that quite recently the Minister of Health launched Family Planning Day, and as one looks around Monrovia, you see some of our brothers and sisters in crisis, adding that it will take a long time to assess, and visit around Monrovia to determine how can we work together, and how can we help them?
The Deputy Health Minister and CMO of Liberia said it is essential that sometimes ago Liberia has passed into legislative enactment a document to work with and government has taken cognizant of it to slot it into the National budget this budget fiscal year.
He lauded the Liberia Refugee, Repatriation and Resettlement Commission and other agencies for putting in place mechanisms through mainline agencies to launch a program that has a long time plan to reverse the trend for young mental health patients.
“The general trend is that we have a crisis among our young people for which we all have to work together. I just got a report yesterday that every week 8 families are treated in order to regain their habits,’ he said.
He said as he speaks statistics reveal that there are six thousands of them; just imagine the situation we are arriving at.
Dr. Kateh mentioned that during the war it took Liberia time to regain peace by saying enough is enough. “We also had Ebola virus for which we were the most affected, but with tenacity we became the first to emerge out of it, so if we work together we will get out of it together,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr. Kateh used the occasion to extend Happy Birthday felicitations to His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah who celebrated his birthday on October 3..
For his part, the Officer in charge at the World Health Organization (WHO) Country office Dr. Mesfin G. Zbelo expressed greetings from the World Health Organization (WHO), adding that this subject of mental health is an important subject.
He added that when we recognize the world mental health day, it is an issue that has been so much undermined by some of us, as we do not recognize it, but rather always talk about mortality and death.
“To tell you the truth the world mental sickness is one of the disabilities for all of us, affects all of us and an issue that is devastating quality health and affecting about one in ten in developing countries. He said when it comes to mental health, we want it to be an agenda at every step,” he said.
Dr. Zbelo added that they want to take preventive measures about mental health, and they want it at community and at school levels. How can we get individuals involved in promoting mental health care issues as integrated parts of health-care delivery Services.
He said the role of the media is very important in relaying mental health care messages to the communities. We are always working at every level and at the global agenda level meant to implement policies that can be translated into actions.
“I want all partners to be part of the exercise and the role of the W.H.O. is to provide information and guidelines to prevent this kind of situations, and to manage it,” Dr Zbelo said.