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Ghana's Mentally Ill Deserve Proper Treatment

World  (tags: world, humanrights, ACTION, GHANA, MENTALLY ILL )

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Target: Mr. Kofi Poku, Director of Ghana's Health Administration Goal: Monitor and set mental health standards at hospitals in Ghana. Due to a severe lack of understanding about the condition, the Ghanan government fails to provide adequate

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Thursday June 27, 2013, 7:35 pm
Signed, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 7:48 pm
Done-thx Rose

Mary T (357)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 8:07 pm
Rose thank you .....signed and noted

Paul Girardin (126)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 8:45 pm
Noted, signed & shared!

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:36 pm
Signed Cheers Rose

Mariann Rannenberg (158)
Friday June 28, 2013, 12:30 am
SIGNED and NOTED. Thank You, Rose, I wish everyone could get help.

jeanne schreurs (205)
Friday June 28, 2013, 3:37 am
Quote: "Suffering from a mental illness does not make a person any less human. Remind the Ghanan government to treat their patients with compassion and dignity, as this is their right."

It is not only in Ghana where mental ill people are treated inhuman, all over the world there are many people who may change.

Thanks Rose .......... signed

Ben O (172)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:37 am

Vivien Green (153)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:22 am
Signed and shared thank you Rose.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 6:39 pm
noted signed thx

Sheila S (52)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 9:33 pm
It's not more mental hospitals they need, it's more understanding and compassion, better medical training and (if necessary) access to properly administered/monitored medication. Check out Gheel, Belgium on the web - where families foster care the mentally ill:
Geel (Gheel): Belgian city of 35,000 located in province of Antwerp; internationally known for centuries old tradition of foster family care for mentally ill; associated with legend of St. Dymphna (Dimphna, Dimpna).

community recovery (proposed by author): linked to "recovery model" of treatment for mental illness, wherein individual strives to live successful, meaningful life (compare to "medical model" with goal of symptom reduction and/or cure). "Community recovery" proposes that communities can also live successfully with realities of mental illness.

Helen P (39)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 10:42 pm
I had the privilege of working with people who had a mental diagnosis for years.

Most often they were very creative, loving, courageous people who accepted that they HAD an illness but they are NOT THE ILLNESS.

They were more dangerous to themselves, when depressed. I did not find them dangerous to others.

They were dear, sweet people giving what they had to give to others.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:19 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 2:17 am
this will come

paul m (93)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:17 am


Frances Darcy (170)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:37 am

Mark p.muc (31)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:23 am
Noted ... ty ...

Birgit W (160)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 1:26 pm
All mentally ill deserve proper treatments. Signed.

reft h (66)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:11 pm
Very few countries are doing a good job helping their mentally ill. there remains a lot of stigma towards them.

. (0)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 6:20 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Rose. That's terrible that they are denied treatment.

Helen P (39)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:18 pm
It was probably in the early 90s that I was doing volunteer work at a drop-in center for the mentally ill. It was a place where these dear people could come to socialize, some to volunteer, to participate in groups, even leading groups. The President of that center was a medical doctor who could no longer work because of his mental illness diagnosis.

I remember one time when it was all in the news about a psycho killer. Our clients were so upset about this person having the "mentally ill" diagnosis as the most blaring part of the murders. They rightly felt that it would make things even harder for them to receive the care and dignity they so much needed.

People with a mental illness diagnosis are RARELY dangerous to others. They are kind hearted loving people who cope with their own disability and do not accept misbehaviors from their "peers". If someone began getting out of hand, others would simply say, "Go home. If you can't behave yourself, go home."
Those of us who were in charge didn't have to say anything. These precious, creative, loving, giving people would not accept negative behavior from their own.

Many of the best years of my life were spent working with these tender hearted, giving, intelligent, creative people. I retired because the Power People were putting in rules that to me were not ethical. So I quit.

I invite you to do some research on famous, talented people who were "mentally ill". I think you would be astounded. Abraham Lincoln, Churchill, many. many famous names for the good they did. Just "google" or search Famous People with Mental Illness.

Helen P (39)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:23 pm
Here you go.

I found this on the internet titled Famous People with Mental Illness

Famous People with Mental Illness

Lionel Aldridge
Buzz Aldrin
Woody Allen
Adam Ant
Roseanne Barr
Ludwig van Beethoven
Irving Berlin
Marlon Brando
Art Buchwald
Drew Carey
Jim Carrey
Dick Cavett
Winston Churchill
Agatha Christie
Dick Clark
Rosemary Clooney
Kurt Cobain
Shawn Colvin
Judy Collins
Calvin Coolidge
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Rodney Dangerfield
John Denver
Princess Diana
Charles Dickens
Kitty Dukakis
Patty Duke
Kirsten Dunst
Richard Dreyfuss
T. S. Elliot
William Faulkner
Carrie Fisher
Harrison Ford
Connie Francis
Paul Getty
Mel Gibson
Vincent Van Gogh
Macy Gray
Peter Green
Linda Hamilton
Ernest Hemingway
Abbie Hoffman
Janet Jackson
William James
Billy Joel
Samuel Johnson
John Keats
Jack Kerouac
Margot Kidder
Vivien Leigh
Abraham Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln
Jack London

Martin Luther
Henri Matisse
Kristy McNichol
Burgess Meredith
Bette Midler
Spike Milligan
Wolfgang Mozart
Edvard Munch
John Nash
Isaac Newton
Friedrich Nietzsche
Florence Nightingale
Sinead O'Connor
Eugene O'Neill
Ozzy Osbourne
Marie Osmond
Jane Pauley
Jimmy Piersall
Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allen Poe
Jackson Pollock
Charlie Pride
Anne Rice
John D. Rockefeller
Theodore Roosevelt
Axl Rose
Mark Rothko
J. K. Rowling
Charles Schultz
Peter Sellers
Brooke Shields
Robert Shumann
Sarah Silverman
Britney Spears
Rod Steiger
Ben Stiller
James Taylor
Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
Leo Tolstoy
Ted Turner
Mark Twain
Tracy Ullman
Kurt Vonnegut
Mike Wallace
Walt Whitman
Tennessee Williams
Jonathon Winters
Brian Wilson
Owen Wilson
Virginia Woolf
Boris Yeltsin

So you can see that famous people with mental illness is not as rare as it may seem at first. I've only included the most notable famous people with mental illness for this list and left off some more minor celebrities of which there are literally thousands.

Helen P (39)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:30 pm
But, we don't hear about Tennessee Williams, Brooke Shields, You know. those mentally ill people.
There's likely to be an outbreak of genius creativity! Better be careful. Theodore Roosevelt, he was one of THEM!!! And John D. Rockefeller.......we better be careful. You never know,


Kara C (15)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:08 pm
Its a terrible situation but what is a petition going to do about it? Most people in Ghana can't even afford to see a doctor let alone afford to send a relative all the way to a hospital for treatment. Many people mentally ill or not suffer through this kind of treatment there and bigger issues such as food security and housing need to be tackled before anyone can expect the disabled to be treated fairly.

Lona G (84)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:45 am
S&N. We also should be aware that understanding, care and funding seems to be going out the window in our own countries.

Yvonne F (180)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:21 am
So signed!!!!!!!! Thanks Rose

Mari Garcia (51)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:46 pm

Judy ComputerDownC (97)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 12:15 am
These places are true hell holes. Too bad the idiots of the world are squandering everyone's resources on wars instead of trying to alleviate human suffering.

ER C (65)
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Saturday November 30, 2013, 10:32 am
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