Mzuzu, October 26, Mana: A nongovernmental organization in Mzuzu called Mental Health Counseling and Psychotherapy has started operating a mental health counseling and psychotherapy clinic in the city to help people to overcome mental health problems.
Speaking in an interview on Monday, founder of the organization, Alexander Gombar said the increase in number of suicide cases and immoral acts emanating from mental health issues prompted him to open the clinic.
“My stay as a magistrate helped me a lot to come across these issues which motivated me to open the clinic,” he said.
He called on government to introduce establishments for professional psychosocial counselors and therapists to work hand in hand in reducing mental health problems.
“As an organization, our five year plan is to make our services available and accessible in schools, courts, prisons and other major service-providing institutions. We intend to recruit at least two psychosocial counselors per district,” Gomber said.
Commenting on the development mental health expert Maziko Matemba said COVID-19 pandemic contributed to rise in number of mental health issues.
He said introduction of mental health clinics will help solve the problem.
He asked government to adapt these programs in health system for more people to benefit.
“These cases had to rise since the coming in of Covid-19. Government needs to familiarize health system to reduce the level of mental health issues,” Matemba said.