HIFA Country Representative Didier Demassosso took to the airwaves today in Yaounde, Cameroon!
He was the principal guest of Radio Journalist Ms Promise Akanteh. They discussed HIFA, access to healthcare information, and - in particular - availability and use of mental healthcare information, mental health literacy and health promotion.
A recording of the programme will be available shortly. Didier is a regular contributor to the HIFA forums, where he discusses misconceptions about mental health and mental disorders at all levels of the Cameroonian society and false cultural beliefs that present a major barrier to the mental health system. "I strongly believe that by providing policy makers, mental health professionals, researchers, and the general public with accurate and adequate mental healthcare/mental health information, positive changes in (mental) health behaviour will be made more manifest (in Cameroonians)."
Didier Demassosso is a School Counsellor at the Ministry of Secondary Education in Cameroon. He graduated in Clinical psychology and Psychopathology from the University of Yaounde and was awarded HIFA Country Representative of the Year 2014 for his outstanding work in promoting awareness of HIFA and the importance of mental healthcare information. See here for more about HIFA's Country Representative programme worldwide.