Mental Health in Nigeria
Mental Health is now a subject that’s been spoken about and given a lot of attention on the international scene. Research shows that we are only as stable as our mental and emotional state; and its from this paradigm through which we act, produce, perform etc.
It’s no longer news that our mental health is of utmost importance, and the world is catching up to this knowledge. though it should have come earlier.
One major misconception about mental health is the notion that only people with severe or physical evidence of mental issues need to pay attention to their mental health.
Annually, October is celebrated as the month for mental health; as such, the theme of 2017 was “Mental Health in the workplace”. This points out that our mental health also affect our productivity and should be paid attention.
Mental Health is a state of being conscious of your mental, emotional and behavioural well-being.
As important as this topic is, it has been overlooked by institutions who are supposed to pay attention to it, especially in my country Nigeria.
We wait to hear the breaking news of another man who jumped of the bridge, or the lady who died of overdose, or the teenager who lost the battle against depression.
This news trends on social media, and after a few days, we are back to our normal lives.
A lot of people go around with mental health issues, but as they say, “if e no dy show for face, No be problem”.
This is a problem and a lot needs to be done to ensure the mental health of the people.
What challenges do we face, and how can we overcome this challenges so we have a sane and healthy society?