Attempted Suicide is a sign of Depression – Dr Osei

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Dr. Akwasi Osei the CEO of the Mental Health Authority (MHA) in Ghana  has called on the legislature and the Attorney General’s Department as well as the government to help decriminalise suicide attempt.

According to Dr Akwasi Osei, they have already petitioned the legal entities to help expunge from the Criminal Offences Act, the punishment prescribed for people who attempt suicide.
He Further stated that Court actions against attempted suicide is needless and urged government to help instead.

At a press conference in Accra marking  the World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October 2019, Dr Osei said attempted suicide is a sign of depression and a cry for help, adding that the victims must be left off the hook.
“Anybody who attempts suicide is basically saying: ‘Society, I need help, please come to my rescue’. And instead of rescuing the person, we say: ‘Go to jail’,” he lamented.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates yearly suicides as exceeding 800,000, making it a principal cause of death among people aged 15 to 19 years. He added.
Dr. Osei further stated for every 40 seconds, the world loses someone to suicide and the MHA also receives 45 calls for help against suicide every month. He therefore call on government, institutions and all religious bodies to come together to help fight the menace of suicide attempt.

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