Thirty (30) self-help group (SHG) members have completed a day’s training in bead-making on December 16, 2019 at the Accra Rehabilitation Centre, located at Adabraka in Accra. The trainees were comprised of pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and teenage mothers and were drawn from six (6) districts and sub-metros within the Greater Accra Region. It was made possible with funding from UK aid under a maternal mental health project titled: “ Enhancing maternal mental health of pregnant women and mothers and their children  to realize  maternal and children child health in Ghana.“  
BasicNeeds-Ghana and the Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG), on December 3, 2019, began a two-day workshop to integrate trauma informed interventions into the community mental health module of the Model for Mental Health and Development. The workshop is funded and facilitated by the Danish Institute against Torture (DIGNITY Institute).
BasicNeeds-Ghana, on 15th November 2019 disseminated key findings of its 2018 mental health resource allocation and tracking exercise carried out in 30 districts in 5 regions of Ghana to the media in Tamale. The event was sponsored by STAR Ghana Foundation under a project titled “Quality and Accessible Mental Health Care for the Poor and Vulnerable in Ghana”. In attendance were media practitioners from print, radio and TV media outlets.
BasicNeeds-Ghana led the Alliance for Mental Health and Development (Mental Health Alliance), a civil society network of some 120 NGOs/CBOs in Ghana, to carry out a series of activities to mark the 2019 World Mental Day (#WMHD2019) with funding support from UK aid. The activities were undertaken to promote the 'Speak Your Mind' Campaign, a global mental health advocacy initiative led by the United for Global Mental Health organisation, and led in Ghana by BasicNeeds-Ghana.
It has come to light that most Ghanaians might be willing to be levied in order to support mental health services in Ghana. This came to light from a Facebook poll conducted on the organisation’s Facebook page between 29th August to 4th September 2019. Poll participants were asked if they would be willing to pay GHȻ0.50p extra on their favourite beverage to help finance mental health services in Ghana.
The Alliance for Mental Health and Development, made up of civil society actors in mental health, held a national meeting in Accra on Wednesday, 18th September 2019 under the theme "Improving Mental Health Policy and Service in Ghana" . The meeting was funded by UK aid. In attendance were representatives of regional alliances of mental health and development from Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Greater Accra, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Central Regions.
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