We end our series on the 2nd Annual WRAP Around the World with a look at WRAP’s future in Ghana. WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. There are 22 million people in the African country. But mental health services are dire. Only 3 psychiatric hospitals and roughly 12-14 therapists are available to those in need. Inhumane treatment of people with mental illness continues to be a serious issue.
Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic, discusses the effects of psychiatric medication his keynote address at the second international WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland, CA. He talks about the emergence of the medical model paradigm of care in the 1980s, increased spending on psychiatric pharmaceuticals, and the research on whether medication is ultimately helpful or harmful to those who take it.