Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Mental Health Authority, Dr Kwasi Osei, has revealed that smoking Indian hemp (wee) and excessive drinking of alcohol are the main causes of mental health problems in Ghana.
According to him, there are other cause such as the effects of accidents on the brain, anxiety over poor marital relation between spouses and others.
He explained in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM on Tuesday, October 10 that: “Mental health is a major problem affecting most people in the country, especially the youth.
“Wee smoking and excessive drinking of alcohol are the main factors leading to mental health problems. There are others, including the effect of an accident on somebody, especially affecting his brain.”
When asked for his view on the call for the legalisation of wee in Ghana, he said: “There is no doubt that the use of wee has brought untold hardship and problems for people. Those calling for the legalisation of wee, are they smoking it?
“They are not smoking, but want it to be legalised. Even those who smoke have stopped because of the effect it has on their health, and so why are they calling for the legalisation of wee in the country.
“The fact that other countries have legalised it doesn’t not mean we should also do same.”