Notwithstanding advances in human rights and mental health treatment in the Global North, stigma continues to persist in most African countries and the developing world. In Ghana, for instance, effective treatment for individuals diagnosed with mental illness remains elusive to many people. Without adequate support, discrimination, marginalization, and oppression tend to be common. This presentation explores the stigma associated with individuals diagnosed with mental illness in Ghana and the difficulties they face regarding the mental health system. This presentation will discuss a qualitative study undertaken in Ghana to bolster the argument regarding the barriers faced by this population. The implications of mental health stigma on immigrant communities in Canada will also be explored, as many of the struggles faced by immigrant communities are a microcosm of some of what they face in their home countries.
Presented by: Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy, PhD, Associate Professor, Carnegie Diaspora Fellow (University of Ghana), Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Event Type(s): Adults and Seniors
Age Group(s): Adults (18+), Seniors (55+)
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