ATU Takes Proactive Steps in Suicide Prevention
Date: April 4, 2024

Accra Technical University’s Guidance and Counselling and Career Development Unit took proactive steps towards tackling mental health concerns by organising a seminar centred on suicide prevention. Held at the University Auditorium on March 21, 2024, the seminar garnered participation from junior staff members across the university.

The Director, Guidance and Counselling, Dr. Evelyn Bentil, in her address, underscored the programme’s significance within the institution’s framework, expressing appreciation to all attendees for their involvement.

The seminar aimed to equip participants with essential knowledge and resources to identify and prevent instances of suicide within the university community. Expert speakers engaged the audience with insightful discussions on recognising warning signs, providing effective support, and accessing appropriate resources for those struggling with suicidal thoughts.

The seminar emphasised the importance of fostering open dialogues surrounding mental health,
highlighting empathy, understanding, and timely intervention in potentially life-threatening situations.
Alongside the seminar, the university’s Health Screening Committee collaborated with representatives
from the school clinic to offer comprehensive health screenings. This proactive measure allowed
attendees not only to engage in mental health discussions but also to take tangible steps towards
prioritising their overall well-being.

The event underscored the university’s commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment
where mental health concerns are addressed urgently and compassionately. Feedback from participants highlighted the significance of such initiatives in nurturing a culture of care and support within the university. Many expressed gratitude for the opportunity to enhance their understanding of suicide prevention strategies and pledged to actively contribute to creating a safer and more supportive environment for all members of the university community.

The Guidance and Counselling Unit reaffirmed its dedication to organising similar educational initiatives and support services to effectively address mental health challenges for other categories of staff.


Date: April 4, 2024