The Central regional branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH-CR), on Saturday 25th May 2024 joined forces with Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital and the Pharmacists in Mental Health for a Mental Health Awareness Walk in support of Ghana’s newly established “Purple Month” initiative.

Ghana’s Mental Health Authority, partnering with the Ministry of Health and various stakeholders, designated May as “Purple Month” to raise awareness about mental health issues. This aligns Ghana with countries like the US and UK, which use May for similar purposes. Previously, Ghana’s mental health awareness efforts competed with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

According to the CEO of the Mental Health Authority, purple has been the emblematic color of Ghana’s Mental Health Authority since its inception.  “Purple signifies the calming stability of blue and the vibrant energy of red, reflecting our dedication to offering hope and support.” Mental health is crucial for overall well-being, but stigma often deters people from seeking help. Purple Month aims to combat this stigma, promote education and treatment, and encourage early intervention. This year’s theme, “Movement: Moving for Our Mental Health,” highlights the positive impact of physical activity on mental well-being.

The PSGH-CR walk not only supported Purple Month but also seized the opportunity to raise awareness about hypertension, a significant health concern in Ghana. This combined focus demonstrates a commitment to promoting both mental and physical health in the community.