World Bipolar Day: Media urged to prioritize mental health education



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Senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast’s (UCC) Department of Mental health, Dr Jerry Paul Ninnoni, has tasked the media to intensify mental health education.

The call by the mental health expert is in line with the commemoration of world Bipolar Day which is celebrated each year on March 30th.

The vision of World Bipolar Day (WBD) is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and to eliminate social stigma.

The theme for 2021 World Bipolar Day is “Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow “.

Speaking on Atinka FM’s Midday news with anchor Obidihye Kwaku Atiemo, Senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast’s (UCC) Department of Mental health, Dr Jerry Paul Ninnoni, explained that the education on mental health in general is nothing to write home about.

According to him, this has made persons with mental disorders such as Bipolar keep to themselves for fear of being stigmatized.

He called on persons who suffer from Bipolar to seek the necessary help and not suffer in silence

“Mental health is real from the initial stage; persons who suffer from bipolar do not know that they suffer from the disorder. It is important for parents to take charge of their ward’s mental health and seek help if any anomaly is detected”, Dr. Paul Jerry Ninnoni told Obidihye Kwaku Atiemo.

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