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SUGGESTED MEASURES TO REDUCE STRESS, DEPRESSION, AND SUICIDE

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A Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Olurotimi Coker in Lagos has called on Nigerians and Federal Government to adopt measures which will help reduce stress and depression to avoid suicides and other outcomes on Friday.

The medical expert who works at the Lagos State University College of Medicine said” There is the need for Nigeria to pay more attention to mental health through a signed bill and the mental health budget should also be increased.

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“Adequate medication, as well as family, psychological, financial and environmental support should also be in place because these are pathways to recovery for every individual with mental challenge.


“Measures for psychological first aid, as advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) should be in place”.

However, Coker said that there was a need for the Federal Government to provide more adequate social amenities to reduce stress and depression among Nigerians.


“Nigerians were facing some socio-economic challenges that included business failures, high cost of living, poverty, and lack of basic amenities, which is taking a toll on the mental health of Nigerians and makes people vulnerable to anti-social behaviours”.
He advised that “We should learn to share our worries, speak out and seek help, because a problem shared is half-solved. There is a need for people to speak out, let us not be intimidated and bottle up our anxieties, challenges, and frustrations”.

According to Coker, the first line for depression management would be therapy and counselling from family members friends, religious leaders, and medical experts.
Individuals should not wait until he/she is injured or gets nearer to committing suicide before seeking help

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