The Ghana Armed Forces Department of Medical Services has launched its Suicide Prevention Programme on Friday 9 September 2022 at Burma Hall in Accra.
The Programme was aimed at educating service personnel on the recent rise in suicide cases and the indicators to look for in persons with suicide ideation in order to help provide the appropriate support for them.
In his remarks the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson who represented the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama as the guest of honour commended the Medical Department and the Therapy and Wellness Section of the 37 Military Hospital for their initiative in bringing the attention of service personnel to issues of mental health.
He disclosed that, the Military High Command had increased the number of mental health professionals to deliver the best service for troops. The guest of honour also said there were quite a number of mental health professionals who would soon be employed to beef up the strength needed for addressing the psychological needs of GAF.
Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson revealed that, for the first time, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Ghana Battalion 89 (UNIFIL GHANBATT 89) has deployed to the mission area with a clinical psychologist.
CAS outlined that, the United Nations (UN) Department of Peace Support Operations (PSO) was developing Mental Health Support Strategies (MHSS) for PSO. He said it was part of strategies meant to screen personnel for early identification and management of mental disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Brigadier General AB Bugri in his address stated that the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Corps believed in health first for all Service Personnel, both active and retired, Civilian Staff and their dependents.