Researchers believe that mental wellbeing is vital to standard bodily health. Participating in leisure sports facilitates control and relieves stress, reduce depression and boost immune system and other benefits to the human health.
This brings to the fore the need to have recreational facilities dotted around communities to the interest of any group of people. These recreational facilities such as parks and others stocked with equipments also go a long way to address some environmental challenges.
Leisure offers possibility to foster self-actualization and it gives stimulation for work. It is disturbing to notice that City dwellers have little services to spend a valid enjoyment time. The hustle and bustle of life and acute scarcity of leisure centers have made citizens home-centric at some point of their loose times. Many countries around the world pay particular attention to this when designing cities towns etc.
The situation is sadly the opposite in this country, as very little attention is paid to the construction of these facilities. It is almost as if they are of no relevance to our wellbeing.
Dr. Richmond Acquah-Coleman of the Ghana Psychological Association in an interview with Real Estate Times Africa said, communities have been planned to negatively affect the psyche of the people without these facilities. He said the need for them cannot be downplayed and added, “Mental health involves mental illness and psychological wellbeing.”
To him, most people focus on mental illness is depression, anxiety, stress, but mental health is not just about the absence mental illness. It also include the presence of psychological wellbeing. Dr. Coleman said, “The problem is in our part of the world mental health is attached with religious implications; when someone is mentally ill, we think it is a spiritual thing or curse” he stated.
Superstitious beliefs continue to blind us on mental health issues instead of professional solution. Dr. Coleman believes stigmatization hampers efforts aimed at addressing mental health in the country.
Recreational activities can boost people’s mental health, enhancing their psychological wellbeing and reducing mental illness. In most of the cities in Ghana, there is no benches in any respected area to relax when tired, acute scarcity of greeneries and dilapidated walkways or no walkways which result to most vehicle accidents.
Dr. Coleman expressed the need to visit recreational centers as they help to connect with others, enhances confidence, increase self-esteem and change the sense of purpose for people.
These Centers promote social bonds between people; people meet and socialize to share opinions of the same interest. They also encourage volunteerism, people come to gather and help one another voluntary to achieve a common goal in society, strengthen cultural diversity and harmony.
He called for effective measures to be taken to ensure entertainment opportunities for everyone in our communities.
Source: Nana Agyei Sikapa Ofosu-Manu (Real Estate Times Africa)