Ministry of Health has underscored stigma and discrimination as the major challenge facing people with mental health disorders.
Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda made the remark at the commemoration of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) which falls on 10 October annually.
Chiponda said it is critical to openly discuss issues of mental health so that people know that it is okay to ask for help whenever they are in need.
“Issues of mental health need to be given visibility because people are suffering in silence and this includes young people,” said Chiponda.
Here, the media has been urged to give a platform where matters of mental health can be highlighted.
“Strong support systems are required in communities and at national level so that help is available everywhere,” said Chiponda.
Further to this, Chiponda said government will ensure that in all district hospitals mental there is a mental health ward so that people should not travel long distances to access help.
According to Chiponda, government plans to increase investment in mental health by among others looking at the budget lines.
The minister also hinted on government’s plan to recruit more mental health care providers in all districts.
WMHD was commemorated under the theme: Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.