Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG) was recently awarded a COVID-19 psychological resilience grant by the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie (Ghana Participation Programme).
Ghana Somubi Dwumadie (Ghana Participation Programme) is a four-year disability inclusion programme in Ghana, which focuses on mental health and is funded with UK aid from the UK government.
The programme is run by an Options’ led consortium, which consists of BasicNeeds Ghana, Kings College London, Sightsavers International and Tropical Health, and focuses on four key areas:
- Promoting stronger policies and systems that respect the rights of people with disabilities, including people with mental health disabilities
- Scaling up high quality and accessible mental health services
- Reducing stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities, including mental health disabilities
- Generating evidence to inform policy and practice on the effectiveness of disability and mental health programmes and interventions.
As part of MEHSOG’s project activities under this grant, workshops are currently being organized for leaders in various communities within the Greater Accra and Central Regions.
These workshops are targeted at educating leaders on the Covid-19 pandemic, stigma and how people with mental health conditions have been greatly affected by the pandemic.
MEHSOG believes that the influence of community leaders cannot be underestimated because their influence has a rippling effect on the rest of society.