Mental health – the silent crisis in Sierra Leone

Bai-Bai Sesay – Freetown

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 October 2015

World-Mental-Health-Day-October-10-2012-300x180On October 10th Sierra Leone like all other nations in the world, will be observing World Mental Health Day with the theme – “Dignity in mental health.”

World Mental Health Day was first celebrated in 1992 as an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and networks in more than 150 countries.

People and institutions all over the world observe this annual awareness event, bringing attention to mental and psychological illness and its major effects on people, their families and communities.

Today, thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their basic human rights. They are not only discriminated against, stigmatized and marginalized, but are also subjected to emotional and physical abuse in institutions and in the community.

Poor mental health care, due to a lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities, promote further violations.

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