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Research Paper | Psychology Science | Ghana | Volume 5 Issue 10, October 2016
Exploring Psychosocial Factors Influencing the Low Patronage of Mental Health Services in Birim South District, Ghana
Samuel Owusu-Akyem  | Florence Gans-Lartey | Doreen Asantewah Abeasi | Emmanuel Dako-Mamphey | Gloria Esinam Simpong
Abstract: This study explored psychosocial factors influencing the low patronage of mental health services in the Birim South District, Ghana, using a qualitative approach where in-depth interview techniques were employed. A total of 20 service users (patients & family) at the hospital were interviewed. Results, included financial constraint (non-affordability of psychotropic medications), lack of support from family and social network, stigmatization and social exclusion, non-availability of a-typical psychotropic medication, and attitude of healthcare professionals. Recommendations based on findings included, massive education on effect of not seeking early mental health services in the media, hospitals and homes by Ministry of Health (MOH), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and health professionals, making clear the risk and dangers involved in the delay of seeking mental health services. Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies to create support groups to help mentally challenged patients to socialise with one another. The government should come out with policies and programmes to support care givers and patients to manage poverty. Furthermore, psychotropic medication should be included in the National Health Insurance Scheme to make them free or more affordable. Finally, a strong rehabilitation and counseling centres be established by the government and other non-governmental organizations to manage patients.
Keywords: Psychosocial factors, mental health, influence, low patronage
Edition: Volume 5 Issue 10, October 2016,
Pages: 371 - 375