A Member of Parliament is advising that an office is set up to provide counseling services to parliamentarians. According to the Member of Parliament for Amenfi West, Eric Afful said it is dangerous that parliament does not have such an element. The MP’s comment followed reports of many suicide cases recorded this year.
The case is becoming disturbing, prompting the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Mental Health Authority to repeat calls on Parliament to legalize attempted suicide.
In an interview with media, Dr Akwasi Osei who heads the Authority grieved lack of patronage to counseling services, which he said is contributing to many of the suicide cases.
He said people have problems but because they don’t talk to counselors, they end up deciding to take their life. It is against this backdrop that the Amenfi West Legislator uttered worry over lack of counseling services at Parliament, adding that it is sad that parliamentarians who go through a lot of stress from both their voters and work in Parliament, will not have anybody to direction them.
It is sad and it is bad that we the parliamentarians have no advising services. We also need to talk to somebody but there is none? A whole parliament and have not Counseling Office. I am advising that this be done and it will save a lot of us, me inclusive.
We need counselors in Parliament” Amenfi West legislator assured to champion a crusade to ensure that Parliament gets a counseling office which can go a long way to provide assistance to under pressured Members.
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