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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

In March 2023, Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, made a landmark parliamentary amendment to Ghana's Criminal and Other Offences Act of 1960 and decriminalised suicide.

"Our Journey to provide comprehensive and accessible healthcare for all is ongoing. Together, we can build a nation where mental healthcare is a priority, and every Ghanaian receives the care and support they deserve."

  • President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Ghana's decision to decriminalise suicide represents a significant victory in the battle for mental health recognition and support. By shedding colonial-era laws that criminalised suicidal behaviour, Ghana has taken a crucial step towards improving mental health care and reducing stigma.

This change is seen as a domino effect, inspiring other countries to reconsider their laws and treat suicide as a public health issue rather than a crime. The decriminalisation of suicide in Ghana serves as a beacon of progress, promoting a more compassionate and understanding approach to mental health challenges.

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