Mar 23, 2021, 11:19 AM
It is a fact that road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among children and young adults aged 5-29 years. And it is a growing problem in many developing and even developed countries.
According to the World Health Organisation, mental health, defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual copes with the usual stresses of family and community living” or as “fulfillment of each person’s potential” is at the heart of public health.
It is in the news that the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Gambia office last Tuesday handed over newly constructed and refurbished wards at Tanka Tanka Psychiatric facility to the Ministry of Health.
The move is not only laudable but goes to show the love and care the United Nations agency has towards people suffering from mental health problems.
During the presentation, IOM officials revealed that since January 2017 to December 2021, over 6600 migrants have returned to The Gambia, primarily from Libya and other countries.
Poorly managed return and reintegration have been recognised as a concern to peacebuilding. Researchers have concluded that young people in Africa are particularly at risk of mental disorders and healthcare systems are not well equipped to deal with them. Looking at the number of our youth involved in drugs and other illicit substance abuse leaves much to be desired.
Parents have a great role to play in the proper upbringing of their children.
The communities have a big role to play in reducing stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. No one should suffer in silence with a condition that can be treated and even prevented in some cases. By acknowledging mental health and wellness issues at work, we can make a difference in our homes, schools, and communities as well. Seeking mental health care should be as routine and unremarkable as seeking treatment for high blood pressure, diabetes, or a heart condition.
Yes, we can reduce mental health inequity, a frequently ignored issue. Let’s show love and care to our mentally ill patients.
Mr. President, the voter registration is almost half way and we are encouraging the youths and all citizens to go out and get their voter cards.
On Friday 24th December, The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) made its final report public, which cataloged rights abuses, further recommending prosecution of officials found wanting in the worst atrocities committed from 1994 to 2017.