SUNGBA MENTAL HEALTH
Reaching out to the mental health
Of the Upper East Region
Complied by: Roger Mwin
People in their lives that have families with mental health
problems or affected by depression know the frustration of
wanting to help but do not know what to do about it and
where the lifeless attitude of people is considered a menace
in the civilization process then issues to remedy the canker
situation with the views of public end up proving futile.
Mental ailment, in itself pursues a psycho-traumatic
nudity in our societies.
More so, the numbers are weighing in sober; and the
greatest number of people with mental health problems is
within the 18-54 age groups. Unfortunately, amongst the
young people with the most severe mental health problems,
only 8% receive professional help.
Thus, Sungba (save them) mental health organization
came up with a team , set out to provide basic needs for the
mentally disabled found loitering in the streets.
This proposal sets out briefly the primary objective of the
organization, the current mental situation (Bolga
Township) and the organization care plan.
The primary objective of this organization is to provide
drop-in center and overnight shelter for the mentally
Sungba mental health care will meet the basic
human needs of mental ailments and offer advocacy
and care management to facilitate social interaction
The organization will create a model for developing
informal helping resources and as well develop
partnership for support with other mental health
Under the direction of an experienced mental health
professional, the organization will pilot a training
program and learning process involving mentoring
skill transfer and consultation.
CURRENT MENTAL SITUATION
A recent needs assessment by the organization recorded
about 44 male mental health ailments and 21 female mental
health ailments both resident and in the streets. Better still,
found that, out of 65 mental ailments;
23 ailments exhibited co-morbid substance misuse.
6 have serious mobility issues.
4 have learning disabilities.
4 ailments have autism and schizophrenia.
3 are associated with ageing problems.
4 are considerably superstitions
3 ailments exhibited co-morbid substance misuse
4 have serious mobility issues.
3 have learning disabilities.
2 ailments have autism and schizophrenia.
2 are associated with ageing problems
7 are considerably superstitions
Sungba mental health organization, embodied with a
diligent team proves versatile intentions to house mental
ailments in other to keep them off the streets and to provide
them with overnight shelter in other to satisfy mental
ailments with the basic human need such as food and as
well clothe them to facilitate social interaction.
The organization will also engage mental ailments into
social practices with the help of mental health officials or
peer counselors so as to achieve desired goals where mental
patients could again fit into society.
With the support of mental health professionals, the
organization will promote the mental health of patients,
through public education, advocacy and service research by
mobilizing informal resources where peer helpers will
expand the knowledge and skill base within the
community; to increase the sense of community
responsibility and participation in health issues and also
enhance the community’s ability to identify and advocate
for its needs.
The organization will build partnerships between formal
and informal sectors in the areas of mental services; via
mentoring and skill transfer process to increase knowledge,
skills and involvement of community members in
supporting their peers and addressing the health needs of
The organization will set up a project with mental health
professionals for skill training and counseling to the
volunteer mentors of the patients where at the end of the
project completion, the organization will be satisfied with 5
mental trainers and 7 peer counselors.
There will be provision for protective uniforms and gadgets
to be able to shave and wash down patients with severe
mental ailments for housing in other to prevent diseases.
The present source of funding is merely inadequate to meet
the requirements of the organization and to successfully run
the services of this establishment; funds are needed to help
manage the cost of running the organisation.
As though the organization is currently funded by the
team and has insufficient financial fonts to meet up with set
standards, the organization will require a fully fenced
structure where mental patients could be housed for their
upkeep and be provided with the basic human needs to
escort the virtues in fulfilling primary objectives.
With the premonition in finding it disheartening to
convince mental patients to the housing unit, the
organization will need a van to move around in quest for
mental ailments and also transport them from where they
are been spotted to the housing unit.
The organization will in its own capacity appeal for funds
to be able to clothe and feed mental patients three times
daily to keep them strong and healthy and never make them
fall victims to starvation.
As though listed above but in a few, below is a tabular
representation of the budget allocation for the organization:
ALLOTED BUDGET AMOUNT (GHc)
Housing facility 54,000
Feeding and Clothing 5,000
Project training 4,000
Transportation( fuel) 4,000
The salaries of employees and advancement of dues will be
funded by the organization.
The acquisition for communication airtime in the various
radio stations to introduce and enlighten the public and also
educate them on drug abusive effects will also be funded by
The organization will also set aside funds to satisfy the
mental needs such as drugs and health care of patients.
ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED
Sungba mental health organization wishes to appeal for
airtime in the various radio stations to introduce the
organization to the public and as well enlighten them on
some of the services we render in our establishment.
The organization will meet up with the chief and his
subjects to formally introduce and educate them on the
services we render in our set up and the support we will
need from his people as well.
The organization will build partnerships with foreign
mental health organizations to extol expansion within the
reach for support and needy services where the
organization might fall short of accuracy and mental health
The organization will again render appeals to the public for
people to serve as peer volunteers to support in counseling
mental patients and again give advice to the youth in our
various communities, the effects of drug abuse.
This proposal responds directly to information gathered
from the need assessment recorded by the current team of
the organization based on the research of the current mental
situation in Bolgatanga Township and the willingness to
support and promote mental health services in the Upper
East Region and the nation at large.