A United Kingdom(UK) based Mental Health Charity, Besstel Child and Adult Psychiatric Health Foundation International (BCAPHF) is dedicated to build the first West Africa Mental Health recovery hospital in Kumasi, Ashanti region.
The BCAPHF out-doored the project in Accra yesterday during a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement between the BCAPHF and the Ghana Mental Health Authority.
Mr Nashuri Momori, the BCAPHF consultant-real insight said the foundation was committed to providing support and information about Mental Health within the black ethnic communities in the UK.
According to Mr Momori, the support for the black communities in in UK was done through a program of raising awareness, holding support groups monthly and delivering positive interventions which improves the outcomes of beneficiaries.
He added that in April, this year Professionals come to West Africa, Ghanaian to teach and increase the knowledge of mental health professionals adding that in October the BCAPHF come to raise mental health awareness to address stigma.
According to him, in Ghana, mental health professionals from the UK consisting of psychiatrist, psychologist, doctors, nurses, occupational therapist, nutritionist and volunteers come to Ghana twice in a year to raise mental health awareness to address stigma.
For his part Mr Peter Hasler RMN MBA an expert in Mental Health Investigations stated that, the BCAPHF for the past few years has been working in partnership with the psychiatric unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in the Ashanti region.
He added that the BCAPHF has a long term plan in constructing the first mental health recovery hospital in West Africa which would be hosted in Kumasi.
“We are currently raising funds to refurbish the psychiatric wing at KATH an an exemplary for the new recovery hospital,” he disclosed.