A three – day Mental Health capacity building training workshop for pharmacists and mental health clinicians has ended in Gbarnga, Bong County.Participants of the three days event are drawn from nine of Liberia’s fifteen counties.
Organized by Carter Center in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the training seeks to disabuse the minds of pharmacists from stigmatizing people living with mental illnesses.
Speaking to a team of Journalists in Gbarnga recently, Carter Center’s Deputy Program Lead for Mental Health, Wilfred Gwaikolo said the training is also part of efforts by Carter Center to build a resilient mental health sector in the country.
Gwaikolo narrates that stigmatizing and discriminating against those living with mental disorders further worsen their conditions. He then challenges those in the constant habit of stigmatizing people living with mental illnesses to desist and help them find remedy to their conditions.
For his part, Bong County Mental Health Supervisor Darkermue Kollie stresses the need for more support to the sector, if the health sector must tackle the growing wave of mental disorder in the country.
Kollie wants family members to urgently take their relatives to the nearby health center upon observing any form of behavioral change from their relatives. He then admonishes the participants to take the training serious and apply the knowledge acquired wisely upon returning to their various localities.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong—Edited by Winston W. Parley