Chairman, distinguished members of the Psychiatric Association of Ghana, esteemed colleagues, friends and the media.

It is an honor and a privilege to stand before you today, representing the Pharmacists in Mental Health Ghana (PMHGH), as we gather to celebrate the 2nd Biennial Meeting and Scientific Meeting of the PAG here in Ho.

We come here not only as healthcare professionals but as advocates for the universal human right to mental health. In the spirit of solidarity, we echo the sentiment that our minds are indeed our right, and it is our collective responsibility to protect and uphold this fundamental human right.

In our daily lives, whether at work, in our communities, or within our families, we should be mindful and empathetic. By being observant and offering a listening ear, we can spot changes in behavior in our colleagues at work, our family members, and our friends. This simple act of compassion can make a world of difference as people open up and share their struggles.

Just as physical health is a right, so is mental health. Together, we must strive to destigmatize mental health challenges and ensure that access to mental health services is equitable and available to all who need it. The well-being of our society hinges on the well-being of its individual members.

In conclusion, as the Inaugural President of Pharmacists in Mental Health Ghana, we stand in solidarity with the Psychiatric Association of Ghana as we celebrate this important event. Let us continue to work together, hand in hand, to protect and maintain the universal human right to mental health for it is a fundamental and undeniable right for every individual.

Thank you, and let this gathering be a testament to our commitment to the well-being and mental health of all Ghanaians.

Dr Richmond Adusa-Poku

President, Pharmacists in Mental Health Ghana (PMHGH)