Africa World 

People with mental health conditions still living in chains

– – Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for weeks, months, and even years, in about 60 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. The 56-page report, “Living in Chains: Shackling of People with Psychosocial Disabilities Worldwide,” examines how people with mental health conditions are often shackled by families in their own homes or in overcrowded and unsanitary…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s faith healers defy ban on chaining of patients

Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana are reported to be defying a ban on chaining up patients considered to be suffering mental health conditions. According to Human Rights Watch, the ban on chaining patients at these healing centers was announced in 2017 but such a treatment continues. On Wednesday the rights group said in a statement that from November 4 to 8, 2019, it “interviewed 25 people, including people with psychosocial disabilities, mental health professionals, staff at prayer camps and traditional healing centers, mental health advocates, religious leaders, and two…

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Ghana: Ex-bipolar disorder patient helping others to recover

Mental health issues are often controversial globally and in many African societies they are discussed superstitiously. Those with mental conditions hardly speak out and families with persons with mental health conditions often suffer discrimination. But in Ghana, one young man who suffered from bipolar disorder has now recovered and is speaking about the condition. He is also helping other mental health patients and persons with bipolar to recover. When Africa Feeds met Bright Tavi in his community in Southern Ghana the former bipolar disorder patient revealed that he made an…

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