Health staff pay a visit to Ghana

NHS organisations give advice on where to get treatment this winter

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STAFF from a Hampshire health trust have been going out to Ghana to help improve mental health services.

The Kintampo Project, which was started by a member of the Southern Health Trust five years ago, aims to improve mental health services in the country.

Along with the national Time to Change campaign, about 30 members of the trust go to Ghana and help train more mental health workers there.

According to the project, only two out of every 100 people in Ghana with a mental illness will get the care they need.

Sandra Grant, a director at the trust, is a volunteer and visited the country recently.

She said: ‘There is little support within the community for those suffering with mental health problems and sometimes fear through lack of understanding of how to help.

‘As life is so tough for many, it is hard for families to support people who need caring for and who are not able to provide a source of income.’

For more information, or to help the charity, go to 
thekintampoproject.org/.