An Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Mandate Well being Empowerment Initiative, (MHEI) has once more reiterated the necessity to prioritise psychological well being points within the nation.
The founder and President of MHEI, Mr. Ameh Abba Zion, made the assertion on Friday at an occasion tagged: Public presentation on the result /Findings: The Adolescent Psychological Well being Capability Constructing Venture Shut Up Occasion held in Abuja.
The Programme is funded by the European Union (EU) with help from the British Council and different donors.
On the occasion, beneficiaries of the capability constructing programme and their Counsellors drawn from colleges throughout Abuja and FCT have been awarded certificates of participation.
Decrying the scenario, the NGO famous that lack of psychological well being knowledge, coverage and a focus given to it within the nation requires utmost reforms, and has subsequently urged the Federal Authorities and stakeholders within the nation to look into the problem.
Whereas reeling out statistics on the programme, Ameh stated one out of each one feminine goes by way of postpartum despair and that one out of each 5 Nigerians would expertise despair of their lifetime, saying it was large and disturbing.
“Extra worrisome is the truth that in each forty second, somebody someplace is dying by suicide but with few programmes occurring round psychological well being points within the nation.
“The obtrusive statistics round psychological well being and the Nigerian residents, saying that the final international statistics from the worldwide hall that over 4 hundred million individuals has gone down with medical despair and should doubtless commits a suicide has additional made psychological well being matter troublesome to push off,” he stated.
Additionally talking, FCT Focal Particular person, EU Funded Agent For Citizen-Pushed Transformation, Seyi Tetteh, lauded the NGO for making an attempt to deal with the problem at an early stage, saying sufficient consideration past simply prayers should be given to psychological well being.
“Beginning early and profiting from the scholars who’re largely going by way of these challenges is vital as peer strain, social media and issues like drug abuse have contributed to the scourge largely.
“So, they’re going by way of rather a lot and I consider this has given a chance to entry care to allow them to contribute their quota to nationwide growth,” Tetteh stated.
Tetteh then urged NGOs, stakeholders and the federal government to create a greater consciousness on well being points and insurance policies going ahead.
Dr. Ojo Tunde from the Federal Ministry of Well being expressed the ministry readiness to imbibe a multi-sectoral method in not solely prioritising psychological well being, but in addition take the dialog to houses, colleges and the society at massive.
In a quick comment, one other stakeholder, Larathu Abdulsalam, restated that points and discussions round psychological well being are actual, urging mother and father to look inward and hear extra to their wards.