Event Title: Global Psych Dinner: Dr. Moh Milad & Rick Wolthusen, "Brain Awareness Week in Ghana"
Location: MGH Bulfinch 225 (Trustees Room)
Description: As a part of Ghana’s first Brain Awareness Week in
September 2015, members of the Massachusetts General
Hospital Department of Psychiatry teamed up with the
German NGO On the Move e.V. and the South African NGO
STAESA to provide hands-on community education and to
jumpstart an open discussion on mental health. Dr.
Mohammed Milad and Rick Wolthusen will present on the
work they did in Ghana.
During their trip, the team led presentations on a variety
subjects related to the brain. These talks covered
such as sleep deprivation, stress, alcohol use, and the
in which daily life factors can affect the brain’s ability to
function at full capacity. The team also organized hands-
activities for the community’s students, creating a fun
environment where students learned about basic
neuroscience, such as the function of a neuron, the
anatomy of the brain, and the steps they can take to
protect their own brains from harm.
Beyond education efforts, the goal of the project was to
foster an open dialogue about culture and mental health
within the Ghanaian community. While efforts are being
made to improve the capacity of mental healthcare in
Ghana, it is imperative for the community to first
the ways in which their society interacts with
and mental health. For this community, there is a long
ahead before their society’s mental health needs are fully
acknowledged, accepted, and treated—but after these
weeks, they may be a few steps closer than they were
before. Come hear team members from the program talk
about what they accomplished during their time in Ghana,
and what they hope to establish going forwards.