Miss Namibia launches mental health programme

14 Sep 2018 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – Miss Namibia 2018, Selma Kamanya on Friday launched a programme aimed at focusing on mental health among the youth and on educating them about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
Kamanya, who will work with professionals in the mental health field, explained that the programme will also focus on how best to end stigma and reintegrate the youth and all those who have mental health problems.
She urged society to provide life skills and psychosocial support in schools and community settings.
Kamanya will as part of the programme visit local schools to talk to learners about mental health and alcohol and drug abuse.
The programme forms part of her social responsibility.
On her part, the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna told members of the media on the side-lines of the event that Miss Namibia’s programme will not only create awareness, but will also break the stigma attached to mental illness.
“Mental health is a very important component of health care, because there is no health without mental health,” Kavetuna said.
She also said there is no department or directorate within the ministry for mental health, but said there are wards for mental health patients at the Windhoek Central Hospital and Oshakati State Hospital.
The deputy minister said the number of in-patients at the two centres is more than what the wards can handle.
In Oshakati alone, only 120 patients can be accommodated but it currently has 250 in patients, with over 400 mental patients seen at both hospitals on a daily basis.