GHANA — Mensah Mental Health Rehabilitation (Memhrep) has announced the establishment of a 500-bed capacity mental health rehabilitation center at Asante Juaben in the Juaben Municipality.

The project, spearheaded by Memhrep, an NGO dedicated to mental health care, aims to enhance and maintain the well-being of individuals with mental health issues by providing them with high-quality health care, focusing particularly on the most underprivileged members of society.

Upon completion, the rehabilitation center will accommodate and treat individuals with mental health needs, offering resettlement skills through vocational training before their reintegration into society.

The facility will feature 500 cluster beds, a conference center, a resettlement center for workshops and apprentice training, a mosque, a church, a clinic, and a waste management plant.

This comprehensive approach aims to provide a holistic environment for the rehabilitation and reintegration of mental health patients.

This announcement was made by Mr. Adu Gyamfi, the Founder and Director of Memhrep, during a press conference held in Kumasi under the theme “End to Neglecting and Homelessness of Mental Health Patients.”

Mr. Gyamfi highlighted the growing concerns regarding the deteriorating conditions faced by mental health patients in Ghana.

He pointed out that mental health patients are often subjected to harsh weather conditions, poor sanitation, and a lack of basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter.

Mr. Gyamfi also emphasized the importance of constructing an ultra-modern rehabilitation center to support the government’s efforts in providing proper shelter and vocational training for mental health patients.

He went on to address the numerous challenges faced by mental health patients, including homelessness, discrimination, stigmatization, and the risk of road accidents.

He stressed that mental health patients in Ghana have endured enough suffering and deserve adequate attention and fair treatment.

Sharing his personal experience, Mr. Gyamfi recounted his battle with a mental disorder caused by excessive drinking and stress.

 Having fully recovered, he felt compelled to advocate for those affected by mental health issues. He attributed his mental health struggles to the ungratefulness and mismanagement of his wealth by family members during his time in Britain.

For her part, Mrs. Esther Appraku, the Director of Social Welfare at the Kumasi Metropolis Assembly (KMA), spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), calling on corporate bodies and philanthropists to support the project by donating cash or building materials.

 She also urged individuals who chain mentally ill patients at prayer camps to stop this practice and seek proper medical treatment for them instead.

Mrs. Appraku noted that the brutalization of individuals at prayer camps often exacerbates mental disorders. She emphasized the importance of humane and professional care in addressing mental health issues.

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