From the results, 91% of the 153 people who participated in the poll expressed their willingness to pay such a levy. An interesting discovery which was revealed in this poll results is that no female participant expressed an aversion to paying such a levy.
Some of the poll participants used the opportunity to share their comments with BasicNeeds-Ghana. David Ayinenongma Azaare said that “It's time to have sustainable funding for mental health.” Edem Titus said “It won't be bad idea though.” Jerey Jay however added a note of caution thus “If only it won't be used for the wrong purpose”.
BasicNeeds-Ghana hopes to scale up this poll and use results as a basis to advocate for the introduction of a levy to support mental health services in Ghana. Readers are privy to numerous calls by BasicNeeds-Ghana, Mental Health Authority and other mental health advocacy organisations to government to implement provisions of the Mental Health Law (Act 846) establishing a mental health fund which will be credited through levies among others.