The latest in a long line of daft utterances from Counsellor Lutterodt seems to have landed him in trouble once again with the Ghana Psychological Association (GPA).
In a statement, the GPA condemns Lutterodt’s most recent outrageous comment, that ladies with natural hair are depressed.
In the statement, Lutterodt’s comments are described as dangerous and a threat to the mental health of Ghanaians.
Read the statement below…
The Ghana Psychological Association’s (GPA) attention had been drawn to an article published on GhanaWeb.com attributed to self-styled counsellor, Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt with the caption “Any woman you see in natural hair is depressed”. The GPA out rightly condemns this statement as was contained in the article.
In the said article, self-styled counsellor, Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt claims that women who keep their natural hair are depressed. This, as a matter of fact, is false and has no factual or scientific basis! A woman may choose to keep her hair natural for reasons best known to her and not necessarily due to depression. Many women keep their hair natural for biomedical health reasons, convenience, as a step to balance their work-life, economic advantages and possibly to maintain an African brand.
The sayings of Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt has been a threat to the public. He is not professionally qualified nor is he recognised by the state to assess who a depressed person is.
The GPA urges all media houses to do proper due diligence, seek inputs from technocrats in some cases and consult appropriate bodies or agencies before publishing articles in order to protect the public good. We urge all media houses to be circumspect and responsible in their reportage and ensure titles and accolades of experts invited as panellists are duly deserving of such.
We urge all Media Houses to disallow their platforms from being used to sensationalise and popularise baseless ideas. We entreat the media houses to be abreast with the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 Part 5 and the role of the Ghana Psychology Council in protecting the psycho-social health of the public.
As a matter of urgency, the GPA calls on the Ghana Psychology Council, specifically the Chairperson and the Registrar, to immediately take action and bring self-styled counsellor, Cyril George Carstensen Lutterodt and many others to book.
On behalf of GPA Members
Dr Richmond Acquah-Coleman Public Relations Officer +233244023880/ 233244982242