Thirty people have so far called the helplines 050 991 4046 and 020 681 4666 four days after it was set up by the Mental Health Authority for persons in need of psychological help or contemplating suicide.

According to the head of communications of the Authority, Kweku Brobbey, all those who called for help have been counselled.

The recent spate of suicides among Ghanaian youth is similar to the Ebola crisis that hit some West African states a few years ago, Dr Yaw Mfodwo, a consultant psychiatrist and Chief Executive Officer of the Brain Clinic, has said.

According to him, the situation is epidemic following reported cases on a daily basis and should be blamed on the poor mental health service structures in the country.

Two more alleged suicide cases were recorded Monday in Ashaiman in the Greater Accra region and Affram Plains in the Eastern region.

Adom FM’s Kwame Yankah reported that a driver, Bright Wovi, who is said to be in his mid-30s was found hanging on a tree close to a park at Jericho, a community in Ashaiman.

The second suicide case was reported in the Akye Amanfrom in the Affram Plains South district of the Eastern region involving a young woman, Leticia Amaki, 26, who was found hanging on a water reservoir near the Presbyterian Clinic.
Before these cases, one incident was reported last Saturday at Achimota in which Belinda Gabla, 14, a primary five student reportedly took her own life.
It brings the number of alleged suicides deaths to six in the last month. This forced the Mental Health Authority to launch a helpline to help depressed persons and others in need of psychological counsel.

Mr Brobbey explained to Joy News that although resources are constrained, his office ensures every call from prospective patients was treated with utmost urgency and given help.

“Some of them call in and they tell you they need help and the line drops so we make the efforts to get back to know those who genuinely need help and we help them.

“When we call them back we get to know those who need advice and we advise them to go to the right place we know they would get the desired help,” he added.
Responding to issue of filling the vacuum between the time someone calls the helpline and the time he/she receives help, Mr Brobbey said, “it is about what the person needs at the time of the call.”

He noted that they cannot solve all the problems from the people who call explaining that “irrespective of us talking to them, some people may still go ahead, but we believe that whatever intervention we are giving, may be successful in getting some to change their minds.”

The helplines are 050 991 4046 and 020 681 4666.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. my only hope is my life in me.
    I have been a stanched addict of gambling and I am in serious debt of GHS 40000.
    I am on the verge of losing my job because of 3000gh. I want to end it because i have disgraced my pastor, family and friend It seems hope is finish for me.

      • Pls i need financial assistance.
        Am depressed n don’t know what to do again.
        A frnd introduced a car business to me … So i also introduce it to someone who showed interest. The person gave me the money (20,000gh) and i send it to my friend who is in Canada to bring the car to us.
        But unfortunately he didn’t bring e car .and now the issues has become headache to me… Now this case is with e police i dont ve money now to settle this people.
        Pls i need ur help.

  2. I don’t know where and how it may end but It keeps telling me to end it so I will be free till eternity.

  3. Who can relate? I don’t want to die, but I don’t want to live. I have so much to be grateful for yet nothing to live for. Say friends and family, a bright future or whatever crap people spur. I’ve been suicidal since 2017, and the only sensible thing stopping me is saying “why the rush?” Cos you’ll die eventually so why not try and actually live what’s left of your life, like actually live. Take risks, do that thing, make a bucket list if you want. Cross all that off and if you still feel like it, by all means. 3 months ago I woke up everyday making an attempt, tbh I’m glad I didn’t succeed

  4. Please help urgently, please right nw am left alone and am treated like a dog, I went everywhere (hospital, praying camp’s, shrines) and it is getting worst,am at the verge of getting mad because of my depressions and anxiety please, please I need ur help urgently,no one greats me, people spit on me infact everything u can think of.I have been tagged with all manner of bad names you can think of on earth.

  5. I just want to end everything. i have parents who barely even care and i dont think they ever will. i wanna end it all by next month and maybe then people woould even in the least way care about me

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  7. I wish every could die alongside me. Cuz the world is fucked up, and if I don’t get to live how I want then no one should.

  8. Comment:I Need help just save me am in danger as am upset n i dont know what to do.I have not seen live the way i think it could be for me.Since i complete shs til now i have not get money to go to school.

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