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Carter Center Rep Wants Budget To Address Mental Illness
By Calvin Brooks /LINA
MONROVIA, March 8 (LINA) - A Representative of the Carter Center in Liberia, Dr. Janice L. Cooper, has underscored the need for appropriation in the national budget for mental health services.
She described mental illness as a serious problem to the human resource capacity of the country which, according to her, has been neglected over the years.
The Carter Center official made the assertion in an interview with the Liberia News Agency at the graduation of more than 20 mental health clinicians through the Post Basic Mental Health Training Program of the Carter Center Mental Health Program in Liberia at the Monrovia City Hall Saturday.
“Mental illness in not just determined by crazy people on the streets, instead trauma can also be the cause for mental illness,” she indicated, adding “Liberians have been through a 14-year-civil conflict and six months of the Ebola situation which have severe mental illness implication on the population.”
She indicated that Liberia has only one mental hospital which cannot accommodate the huge number of mental patients.
Cooper emphasized that budgetary support for mental health services will enhance productivity in the health sector and enable healthcare providers to adequately address mental illness problems.