|||| “Three individuals who share a passion for raising awareness, provoking thought and exploring culture joined forces to create a film about mental health and the influence that culture can have on its prevention and recovery. The trio released the trailer on YouTube titled ‘Ghanaian State of Mind’ on World Mental Health Day (10th October). The trailer raised awareness and sparked much debate on how culture can play a part in the causes, perceptions and treatments.
The film includes interviews with mental health professionals and Ghanaians based in the UK and Ghana. The focal point of the film is a very likeable young man called Desmond who talks very openly about his experience dealing Bi-Polar disorder.
Please support this stigma removal by sharing the film with relevant people and encouraging them to get involved in the conversation.
This documentary is definitely an eye opener, I hope this thought provoking documentary gives people the confidence to seek professional help and be open with their families and friends. According to Mental Health Foundation | Black and Minority Ethnic Communities:
“African Caribbean people living in the UK have lower rates of common mental disorders than other ethnic groups but are more likely to be diagnosed with severe mental illness. African Caribbean people are three to five times more likely than any other group to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital for schizophrenia.
However, most of the research in this area has been based on service use statistics. Some research suggests that the actual numbers of African Caribbean people with schizophrenia is much lower than originally thought.
African Caribbean people are also more likely to enter the mental health services via the courts or the police, rather than from primary care, which is the main route to treatment for most people. They are also more likely to be treated under a section of the Mental Health Act, are more likely to receive medication, rather than be offered talking treatments such as psychotherapy, and are over-represented in high and medium secure units and prisons.
This may be because they are reluctant to engage with services, and so are much more ill when they do. It may also be that services use more coercive approaches to treatment.” – MHF
- Black Mental Health UK
- Black and Asian Therapists Network
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Black Men On The Couch + Video
- Cherish Counselling Practice
- Black Mental Health | NHS |
- It’s time to tackle mental health inequality among black people | Edward Davie | The Guardian | 28/10/14 |
- If you care for someone with mental health issues or worried about your mental wellbeing: Carers Trust | Carers UK
- Ghana : thekintampoproject.org