Besstel Foundation Trains Detainment Facilities Officials On Care In Emotional Wellness


BESSTEL Foundation, a non-benefit association zeroed in on emotional well-being ha

held a one-day workshop for officials of the Ghana Prisons Service on definitively including their administration clients and staff in psychological wellness recuperation.

The workshop held at the Prisons Service Headquarters last Friday prepared more than twenty officials on participatory modules for conveying recuperation situated mental medical care for detainees.

Life Patron of BESSTEL Foundation, Mr Peter Hasler who is a previous Director of Nursing conveyed a video exercise on Mental Healthcare inside the criminal equity framework. The exercise was trailed by another virtual introduction on the Recovery Model conveyed by BESSTEL Founder, Stella Agyeman, Patron Dr Susham Gupta, who is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Patron Peter Hasler.

Master User Consultant, Nashiru Momori conveyed the last introduction of the preparation where he talked about participatory recuperation and the need to construct trust and connection among guardians and administration clients. He likewise sharpened the officials on the need to incorporate strengthening and self-assurance as a part of the recuperation cycle for administration clients.


Addressing one of the members after the preparation, Medical Director of the Medical Directorate of the Ghana Prisons Service, DSP Dr Lawrence Kofi Acheampong revealed that the workshop was educative and had accentuated the need to improve mental medical care conveyance in the detainment facilities. “It [workshop] was so educative. Actually, it has truly made us to be on our toes as far as sorting out hearty emotional wellness frameworks in the jails. I think it has just revived our drive and what we are doing to accomplish more in the jails framework,” he expressed.

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Dr Acheampong who serves as the Medical Superintendent of the Nsawam Prisons Clinic expressed that all the more preparing would be required for jail officials to outfit them with the fundamental aptitudes in conveying safe mental medical services for jail detainees. “Certainly we would require more instruction for all the jail frameworks in the nation; for the jail officials in the different detainment facilities. Since we need to ready to turn out great mental medical care in the detainment facilities,” he said.


On her part, Director of Health at the Ghana Prisons Service, DDP Patience Baffoe-Bonnie uncovered that the workshop was enlightening and wise. She implied that an organization with BESSTEL Foundation would fortify the drive towards accomplishing ideal mental medical care conveyance for detainees. “I think it [workshop] was shrewd and instructive. It just resounds with a portion of our targets as a help. In this way, going ahead board will assist us with actualising a portion of our huge dreams which incorporate dealing with the detainees’ emotional wellness while they’re in authority. What’s more, I feel that will go far to assist them with reintegrating successfully into society,” she expressed.


She focused on that the psychological well-being of prisoners must be the main concern during the restorative cycles so as to abstain from heightening their evil emotional well-being. “We don’t need to ignore the psychological well-being of the individuals in our care. What’s more, in the event that we would have the option to break the pattern of recidivism, we have to work viably on their psychological wellness. Since with the emotional wellness and detainment comes defamation and that influences the manner in which they coordinate and it brings them back and the cycle proceeds,” she clarified.

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Following the workshop, BESSTEL Foundation gave two new model thermometer firearms to the penitentiaries administration to help shield detainees and officials from COVID-19. The gear, which were introduced by the Country Coordinator, Mr George Bessa Simons were gotten by the Chaplain General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Apostle James Tetteh.


Since 2018, BESSTEL Foundation has been offering help for mental medical services conveyance in different establishments. Throughout its reality, it has offered specialized and strategic help to the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, Accra Psychiatric Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and the Nsawam Prisons. BESSTEL Foundation has an update of comprehension with the Ghana Mental Health Authority, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and the Ghana-UK Mental Health Alliance. Every year in October, the association sends mental attendants and master client consultancy to prepare mental parental figures on developing models of care in emotional well-being conveyance in the desire for improving mental medical care in Ghana