Reps decry growing cases of mental illness in Nigeria
The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Health Institutions and Healthcare Services to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health towards improving mental health facilities across Nigeria and carry out “serious” sensitisation of Nigerians on mental health.
A member of the House, Uchechukwu Nnam-Obi, moved a motion at the plenary on Thursday, titled ‘Need to Address the Rising Cases of Mental Health in Nigeria,’ which the lawmakers unanimously adopted.According to him, the World Health Organisation considers mental health as a state of wellbeing in which the individual can cope with the stress of life, work productively and contribute to the community.
The lawmaker noted that mental illness manifests in mood disorder, anxiety disorder, trauma-related disorder, personality disorder, old age-related disorder, substance abuse disorder or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning.Read more: Punch Newspapers »
The country’s driving errbody crazy noni Sad 😢 Sad There are many of u that cannot pass a mental test right there in your crazy and corrupt chambers. Abeggy give me better news. Na una hand work nah,person go dey dis kind country e no go run mental Read through the article and could not pinpoint one single sustainable solution other than the usual rhetorics. When there is a challenge, first step is to ask the question why? When you treat the citizens with apathy and disdain, these issues are bound to arise.
Everybody don wan ment finish Nigeria 🇳🇬 is a scam , the government has frustrated almost everyone here Is it only that? Haven't they seen the rising incidents of suicides these times? These are the repercussions of having a FAILED SYSTEM in a totally FAILED STATE. The reps that are complaining, what provision have they made to care for such people in the society?
The problem wen una dey give citizens nor too much? Why mental illness nor go too much wen the government is not doing for the people what they ought to. Yeye government With the looting going on in the country & total collapse of values what do they expect. Even en the way the Reps loot the treasury is pure insanity
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The House also mandated the Committee on Health Institution to explore the modalities of liaising with stakeholders in the health sector to promote, educate and sensitise Nigerians on mental health, and report back within six weeks for further legislative action. A member of the House, Uchechukwu Nnam-Obi, moved a motion at the plenary on Thursday, titled ‘Need to Address the Rising Cases of Mental Health in Nigeria,’ which the lawmakers unanimously adopted. According to him, the World Health Organisation considers mental health as a state of wellbeing in which the individual can cope with the stress of life, work productively and contribute to the community. The lawmaker noted that mental illness manifests in mood disorder, anxiety disorder, trauma-related disorder, personality disorder, old age-related disorder, substance abuse disorder or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. He cited WHO statistics as saying over 20 million Nigerians are currently suffering from various degrees of mental illness or disorder without psychiatric health care. Nnam-Obi said, “The House observes that three out of 10 Nigerians have one form of mental illness or the other, and presently there is no mental health legislation in Nigeria. However, the Nigerian mental health policy is the only framework that has access to mental healthcare, dealing with mental and neurological disorders in Nigeria, discouraging stigmatisation against persons with mental disorders and has institutionalised standards for psychiatric practice; Read Also