Sierra Leone warned against widespread mental illness

Sierra Leone has about a million people suffering from various types of mental illness, or about 12-15 percent of the population, according to the Edward Nahim, the country's only consultant psychiatrist.

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Mentally ill person
Mentally ill person

Nahim told media on Thursday that the increase in the mental illness population was associated with the “country’s economic situation” and the rampant use of drugs.

He predicts that without actions taken, the mental health problems would increase to affect half of the population.

The main causes include “serious depreciation of the country’s national currency, the Leone, the high cost of living together with the poverty prevalent in the country,” according to Nahim.

The current population of the Sierra Leone is put at over 7 million, according to the latest census figures. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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