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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2020: GOVT SHOULD INVEST MORE IN MENTAL HEALTH – DR. DAPO ADEGBAJU

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The Federal Neuropsychotic Hospital on Wednesday held a webinar to mark the World Mental Health Day 2020 titled ‘MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL- GREATER INVESTMENT, GREATER ACCESS. THE ROLE OF DIFFERENT PROFESSIONALS.’

Dr Dapo Adegbaju in the main lecture defined Mental health as a “state in which an individual realises his or her potentials is able to cope with different stresses of life, and able to cope productively and contribute to the community at large.”

Dr. Adegbaju is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital,Yaba.

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He proceeded to define mental illness or mental disorders as “disorders that affect our mood, the way we think and the way we behave.”

“Some few mental disorders that exist are: autism, learning disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety and anxiety related disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders dementia, among others.”

“There are different characteristics of mental disorders. For instance, mood swings, insomnia, lack of concentration, withdrawal to self, e t c.”

Dr Adegbaju also spoke about the key function of psychiatrists in helping patients with mental health disorders.

“The psychiatrists should make diagnosis and give treatments to reintegrate the individual into the society with the help of social workers and nurses the key is to work as a team.

“I will like to implore governments at all level to invest more in mental health.”

Then Dr O.C. Ogun, the medical director of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba also spoke at the event. She shed light on the cultural issues, stigma and the role of nurses in mental health.

“Most cultures view mental related issues as abomination thereby leading people to hide their problems. Sometimes people try to normalise mental illnesses by not addressing the issue and it is very dangerous. Self-stigma also exists. This prejudice and discrimination leads to feeling of hopelessness and shame. It damages the way those inflicted feel about themselves. We need to educate others so that the knowledge can pass down. We need to break the stereotype.

There is shortage of nurses which leads to numerous psychiatric patients left unattended. Factor affects people’s disposition to mental health and how well they are able to accept it.”

Another speaker; Dr Akin Gabriel, who is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital,Yaba spoke on the psychological factors that are involved in mental illness and the role of divinical psychologist in mental health.

“Good mental health is when an individual can think clearly. The nature of the relationship between a mother and a child, whether it’s adequate or inadequate, present or absent, can also form the origin of some mental illnesses. Mental illnesses can be learnt through some psychological learning processes. Emotions, physical and sexual abuse especially from childhood could eventually lead to mental illnesses.”

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