A Clinical Psychologist, Ms. Mary Ampomah, has called for support for people suffering from mental health issues.
According to her, everybody is prone to mental health issues, hence it was about time society stopped stigmatizing against people with such conditions.
She was speaking at the launch of a book titled “It Is Well”: Simple and Innovative Ways To Become The Happiest Person on Earth” at the City Escape Hotel- Airport, Accra.
The book authored by Delasie Dogbey a Life Coach and founder of Ladies War Room Organization provides tips and other relevant information on how to deal with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges.
The Psychologist noted that despite efforts to address mental health challenges, there was still widespread stigma against people suffering the mental health illnesses, hence the need for sensitization and behavioral change.
“Anybody can suffer any form of mental health issues. We must change our language and attitude about people living with mental illness,” she said.
Ms. Ampomah commended the author, and urged individuals to get a copy of the book.
The Author, Delasie Dogbey said the decision to write the book was as a result of his own battle with stress and anxiety several years ago.
According to him doctors told him, that his wife would not survive, after she had delivered a set of twins.
“This caused me a lot of anxiety but I was able to overcome that experience” he said.
Mr. Dogbey said his intention was to share everyday stories about stress and anxiety, and highlight ways to deal with them effectively.
“Stress, anxiety, fear, worry, depression, among other mental challenges could become dangerous if not worked on at the early stages” he cautioned.
He also noted the book will be beneficial to different age groups, corporate bodies, as well as religious groups.
Also speaking at the event was Dr.Isaac Ani, the chairman for the event, who indicated that individuals should “work towards becoming happy”, irrespective of the challenges they were going through.
In his opinion, he believed that individuals have the power to put themselves in a happy mood, and must therefore make the decision to make themselves happy at all times.
Mrs. Patience Abue Dogbey, Executive Director of Ladies War Room Organization, urged women to acquire a copy of the book and noted that “statistics indicate that women are prone to stress,depression,and anxiety.” she noted.
Motivational speaker, Selasie Agbeko, and Dr.Patrick Afenu, at the event, shared personal experiences of stress, depression and anxiety and how they overcame them.