The Federal government has urged Nigerians particularly the youths to place priority on their mental health.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire stated this in Abuja in a message to an event organized by the Mental Health For Youth Initiative, and the CBM Global Disability Inclusion, Nigeria Office, to create awareness on the need for Nigerians to have sound mental health.
Dr. Ehanire said having a good mental health would help Nigerians survive their daily challenges.
The Minister represented by the Director of Public Health, Dr. Morenike Alex-Okoh, pledged to support the organizers of the event and other relevant stakeholders that provide mental health services to Nigerians.
Similarly, the Founder, Mental Health Youth Initiative, Ms Lucy Abong urged Nigerians to learn to control their emotions amidst the country’s current challenges.
“learning to react to things around you positively will help you adapt to any situation courageously”, she said.
One of the participants, who has hearing impediment, Sulayman Abdulmumini said despite all the discriminations he faced daily, he has learnt to overcome them through proper care of his mental health.
Abdulmumini appreciated the organisation for putting up the event and promised to always use the lessons learnt to improve his life.
The Co-founder of the Initiative, Chime Abonye urged the federal government to create an enabling environment to help the citizens cope with challenges.
Abonye said although the current challenges facing the country have caused many to lose hope, Nigerians must learn to cope by always engaging in Yoga and other exercises that can improve their mental health.
Reporting by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu