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FMH donates GHc70, 000 assorted items to three Psychiatric Hospitals

Written by  Oct 10, 2018
As part of its mandate to help raise funds to improve mental health care delivery in Ghana, Friends of Mental Health (FMH), has donated assorted items to support three public mental health facilities in Ghana. The donation was done today [Wednesday] to mark the World Mental Day. Items donated include mattresses, cartons of washing powder, toothbrushes and cartons of toothpaste, toiletries, and disinfectants, medical supplies among others. The items according to FMH amounted to over GHc70, 000 and will be given to the Accra, Ankaful and Pantang Psychiatric Hospitals. Mental Health Ambassador and Board Member of FMH, Carla Zwennes, in her address said, one of the primary vision of the NGO, is to demystify stigmatisation associated with mental health in Ghana. Mental health she said is not only an economic problem but also a social problem hence the need for us to give it the needed attention. She encouraged ‘’big organizations to participate in the initiatives of FMH.’’ Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FMH, Nana Amoako Wiredu Stephen, indicated that the NGO was established to help provide financial support for the enhancement of mental health care within the African Continent including Ghana and as part of its core values, they solicited for funds to purchase the items for the three hospitals. According to him, it would be important to make mental health care services available to people who need them in their communities. He also stressed on the need to provide patients of mental health clean drinking water, good supply of drugs, beds, food, laboratory equipment provision among others. The inability of government to pass the LI on mental health is making it difficult for the mental health authority to have the needed funds to work with, he decried. He expressed gratitude to Morrison and Associates, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and other donors who supported FMH. On his part, Mr Tang Hong from the Chinese Chamber of Commerce said, mental health issues should be given the needed support. He said, the Chamber of Commerce assisted FMH because it felt the initiative was laudable. Receiving the items on behalf of the three hospitals, Head of Public Relations at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Ama Boahen thanked FMH for the kind gesture. She assured FMH the items would be used for the purpose they were sent, ‘’we can assure you of that,’’ she added. FMH is an NGO dedicated to advocacy of mental health issues as well as improving mental health care delivery in Ghana and the African continent. About The Foundation The Friends of Mental Health NGO in conjunction with the Mental Health Authority is taking up the cause to raise funds from individuals and organizations to assist the Authority to resolve the dwindling concerns of the institution, to make the environment conducive enough for people to stay there for their treatment, and particularly to make mental health care services available to people who need them in their communities, such inputs will include the provision of clean drinking water, good supply of drugs, beds, food, laboratory equipment provision etc. We believe that the best way to unlock human potential is through the power of creative collaboration. That’s why we are building partnerships with businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals everywhere to facilitate this project, to transform lives and communities from what they are today to what they can be tomorrow. Values We value collaboration and will actively seek partnerships within and across health, addiction and mental health arenas to strengthen our mutual impact. Accountability is a value demonstrated through careful stewardship, accounting and monitoring practices. Excellence is a value that comes to life with a focus on innovation, and evidence informed emerging trends and practice. We value the strength and skills of people and their capacity to recover and take charge of their lives. We demonstrate respect for all, including patients, families, caregivers, staff and stakeholders and encourage full participation of all those whose lives will benefit by our work. Empathy and compassion are fundamental values and are reflected in our relationship with others. Integrity is a value which underlies the work of the Foundation and its Board and staff. Mission Providing financial support for the enhancement of mental health care within the African Continent. Vision To be a catalyst that inspires & promotes positive change in the area of addiction & mental health.
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