On the 23rd of May 2014, the Regent Association of Psychology Students (RAPS) together with some students from the theology department made some donations to the Autism Awareness Care and Training (AACT) Centre and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. This kind gesture was extended to these two health centres because the Association appreciated the effort being put in by the management of these centres and decided to show some support. Again, the exercise was in fulfillment of a green book requirement which stipulates that students of the University should engage in community services so as to contribute their quota to national development.
They first visited the Autism centre where they donated items such as exercise books, story books, colour pencils and other learning and writing materials. The managing director of the centre, Mrs. Serwah Quaynor expressed her deepest gratitude for the kind gesture. She however lamented that, most people were ignorant about Autism and its attendant challenges and therefore urged the students to create more awareness about autism so that the general public will be well informed and appreciative of autistic children. That was the only way society will learn to accept children with autism and show them the necessary love and care, she maintained. She also stressed that as a mother of an autistic child she was aware of the challenges parents faced in taking care of such children and called for more support for the Autism centers in Ghana.
Their next destination was the Accra psychiatric hospital. The students donated several items which included toiletries, fruits, board games and cleaning equipment. The items which were presented to some senior staff at the hospital were received with so much joy and appreciation. They were particularly excited about the fact that we included diapers since some psychiatric patients had babies. This, they believed was testament to the fact that we were aware of the pressing issues facing the hospital. They however called for more pragmatic measures by government in addressing the mental health issues in Ghana. After the presentation the students were given the opportunity to meet some patients .This was indeed a life changing moment for some of the students.
The president of RAPS, Mrs Awoenam Aidam-Gabla was hopeful that RAPS will continue to put smiles on the faces of people. She maintained that even though the items presented may not satisfy every need, it will go a long way to help provide some relief, joy and satisfaction to persons with psychological problems. Finally she stressed on the need for students to engage in activities which will transform lives and in effect bring about development and positive change in our societies.