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DPTC Sensitization Training for Secondary School Teachers in Abuja

Today, we concluded the first batch of the Drug Use, Dependency, Prevention, Treatment and Care (DPTC) sensitization training for secondary school teachers in Abuja where their capacity was enhanced to provide help for students who are drug users in their various school through therapeutic  counseling.

The 2-days (November 21st and 22nd, 2019) sensitization training attended by 45  is a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) project funded by the European Union, Nigeria to increase the understanding of the media in the dissemination of appropriate information on drug use and drug users in order to reduce the stigmatization and discrimination of students who use and misuse drugs for them to access adequate treatment and care.

During the training, participants were introduced to the Drug Situation in Nigeria, Understanding of the Concept of Supply Reduction, Concept of Demand and Harm Reduction, Drugs and Effects, Understanding Drug Dependency, Causes of Drugs use and Associated Stigma, Types of Drug Treatments, Women Drug Users, People Who Inject Drugs, and Young Drug Users, Intervention and Responses to Drug Problems in the Family as well as Human Rights and Drug Users.

Teachers in Abuja capacity was enhanced to provide help for students who are drug users in their various school through therapeutic counseling. 

 

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DPTC Sensitization Training for Media Personnel in Abuja

We kicked off the first phase of the DPTC sensitization training  for Media organizations in Abuja on Drug use, Dependency, Prevention, Treatment and Care (DPTC). The 2-days (October 17th and 18th, 2019) sensitization training attended by 20 media practitioners is a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) project funded by the European Union to increase the understanding of the media in the dissemination of appropriate information on drug use and drug users in order to reduce the stigmatization and discrimination of drug users for them to access adequate treatment and care.

The training started with the registration of participants and showing of film review titled the Just Punishment, followed by pre-quiz on the knowledge attitude and perception about psychoactive substance among the participants. 

During the training, participants were introduced to the Drug Situation in Nigeria, Understanding of the Concept of Supply Reduction, Concept of Demand and Harm Reduction, Drugs and Effects, Understanding Drug Dependency, Causes of Drugs use and Associated Stigma, Types of Drug Treatments, Women Drug Users, People Who Inject Drugs, and Young Drug Users, Intervention and Responses to Drug Problems in the Family as well as Human Rights and Drug Users.

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MHEI ORGANIZED THE BIGGEST COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH OUTREACH IN ABUJA, NIGERIA

The Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI) today organized the biggest Community Mental Health Outreach in Abuja, Nigeria to commemorate the 2019 World Mental Health Day (with the theme “Suicide Prevention”) usually marked worldwide on October 10 , in partnership with sister organizations such as Secure D Future (SDF), Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN), Mentally Aware Initiative Nigeria (MANI), High Blood Pressure of Nigeria, Association of Medical Social Workers of Nigeria (AMSWON) among others.

The outreach which took place at L.E.A Primary School, Galadima, Abuja saw over 100 local dwellers from Galadima village, Gwarinpa Estate and Bwari Area Council of FCT-Abuja trooped out for free mental health assessment, blood pressure test, counseling, therapeutic and Yoga sessions.

Mr Zion Abba, founder, The Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative, while giving his welcome remarks decries the complex phenomenal of suicide rate in Nigeria as every 40 seconds somebody somewhere around the globe is committing suicide due to mental health issues. Abba said that the outreach also aimed to draw the attention of Nigerian government to invest more in mental health, empower and support the population to live a mentally healthy life. He also called for a tenable Mental Health Act, adding that there is need for a revamp of the mental health sector. “The mental health act would lead to the mainstreaming of mental health issues into primary, secondary and tertiary education. “There should be treatment centres where people can walk into and get mental health assessment,” Abba stressed.

Dr Audu Hadiza, who represented Dr. Taiwo Lateef, President, Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) said “suicide is a public health challenge that must be taken seriously to reduce its effect in the society.” She called on religious organizations stand up and assist in counseling people to reduce the rate of suicides in the country.

She added that social integration is very critical to reduce this challenge, while the lack of values for our culture are the cause of all these; government alone cannot help the situation, therefore prominent Nigerians must assist as well. “The first way to tackle suicide is through awareness and sensitization while it is important that mental health is advocated for because research has shown that countries which has enormous economic challenges are at higher risk of suicide deaths.”

Meanwhile, the Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Mrs Ene Obi during the outreach called on the Federal Government to invest in young Nigerians by tapping into the skills embedded in them. According to her, the skills embedded in the youths are dying and there is need for the government to tap into it in positive ways to disabuse the minds of young Nigerians from moving into other countries.

 

The outreach also witnessed an historical feat as traditional leaders and community dwellers join their voice with us on ongoing global #Speakyourmind campaign to combat the menace of suicide worldwide.

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Conference/Summit

2019 World Mental Health Day Event

Be our Guest @ the forthcoming biggest Community Mental Health Outreach at the largest Estate in Africa to commemorate this year’s World Mental Health Day with the theme ‘Suicide Prevention’.

The event will be marked by a lecture entitled ‘Emotional Intelligence: Road-map to Suicide Prevention’ to be delivered by Professor Andrew Zamani (Professor of Clinical Psychology).

The event will take place as follows;

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Venue: LEA Primary School Galadima, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

Time: 10am Prompt

#Free Mental health Assessment/Test, Blood Pressure Test, Counseling , Therapeutic and YOGA Session.

Click here to register

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#SPEAKYOURMIND CAMPAIGN

Today, September 10, is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay—a day dedicated to raising awareness of the risks of suicide and the challenges faced when trying to prevent death by suicide.

Tragically, we loose someone in the world to suicide every #40seconds which amounts to about 800,0000 people annually.

It is time to raise awareness and join forces with people who have lost someone to suicide and help prevent loosing other loved ones or someone else to suicide.

We stand by those who have been suicidal through dark moments & encourage us all to keep fighting!

Join us in the drive to provide support for mental health in Nigeria and Africa by signing the #SpeakYourMind petition, calling on leaders to invest, educate and empower for mental health for all > voice.speakyourmind.org

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MHEI Projects

MHEI Partners with the KUKAH Centre

Father Bakindo expressed readiness of the Kukah Centre to partner with The Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative in increasing the awareness of religious leader on drug use and drug users in Nigeria.

Father Bakindo made this known when the members of the organization paid a courtesy visit to the Kukah Centre on September 6th, 2019. He expressed the profound gratitude of the Center on behalf of Father Kukah for the activities of MHEI and contributing to promotion of mental and maternal health, and psychosocial supports for general wellbeing of Nigerians. 

He also affirmed the relentless support of the Centre for the Drug use, Dependency, Prevention, Treatment and Care (DPTC) sensitization project of MHEI with support from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union (EU).

Mr Ameh, Zion, founder of MHEI informed the center that 60 religious leaders consisting of Imams and Pastors will be part of the DPTC project beneficiaries while seeking for the support of the religious leaders being a key stakeholder on the sensitization project. He added that the project aims to increase public awareness among religious leaders, within Bwari Area Council and Abuja Metropolitan Area Council and also increase religious bodies collaboration and participation to create an enabling environment on response to DPTC.

To this end, Father Bakindo promised that the Kukah Centre will make available for the organization the venue for the sensitization training as well as contacts of some religious leaders they have in archive for further communication, arrangements and mobilization.

He advised that selection of religious leaders that will participate in the sensitization training should be based on the value and effectiveness of each religious leaders. He also recommended that the organization to have a filtered and unified message in order to accommodate the differences between the religious believes.

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Federal Ministry of Health Partners MHEI on Mental and Maternal Health

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, has expressed the readiness of the Ministry to partner with the Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI) in curbing the menace of mental disorder arising from drug abuse in Nigeria.

The Permanent Secretary made this known during our courtesy visit to his office to establish a coherent relationship with the Ministry in carrying out mental health and drug use related projects in Nigeria in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and European Union Commission (EUC).

While introducing the Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative, Mr. Zion Ameh, Founder, reiterated the need for the Federal Ministry of Health to promptly consider the holistic integration of mental health into Nigeria’s healthcare system. 

Mr. Zion also recapped to the Perm Sec, the urgent need of using his good office to drive the campaign of health financing for mental health in Nigeria in order to tackle the issue of out of pocket financing as it also relates to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and promote the advocacy for the integration of mental health funding into the global fund starting at the world leaders forthcoming 6th Replenishment Conference to commemorate October 10 World Mental Health Day 2019.

 

While expressing his pleasure about the activities of MHEI, Mr. Abdullahi assured the team that he had instructed the Director of Food and Drugs Department and other Directors to include mental health into the activities of the Federal Ministry of Health.

With deep appraisal for timely and important advocacy visit, the Perm Sec promised to facilitate the process of factoring mental health funding into the 2020 budget of the Federal Ministry of Health.

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Mental Health Bill News

Intensifying Mental Health & Substance Bill campaign

Greatly intensifying our advocacy campaign for Mental Health and Drugs abuse Bill. The Sponsor of the Bill, Distinguished Senator Ahamed Abubakar, Senator Kurfi, the APN President Dr TL Shiekh, and my Distinguished self Zion Founder MHEI after a meeting today in Abuja. #SupportMentalHealthBill
Follow us on our live television mental health show on Africa Health television channel 215 on #TSTV Africa

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MHEI; World Mental Health Day Summit in partnership with NOVO

World Mental Health Day program 6th and 9th October 2017

Organization of a 2-day program which kicked off on 6th October, 2017 with Aerobics and Walk for Mental Health with Nigerian celebrities leading the solidarity walk from Unity Fountain Abuja. Massive mental health sensitization was achieved.

The day 2 program was a Symposium in partnership with Novo Health Africa with the theme: Mental Health in the work place. Participants in attendance included the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina; Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye; Primary Health Care & Communicable Diseases Committee Chairman, Sen. OHUABUNWA MAO; former beauty queen, Tony Preye, were among dignitaries who recently identified with the initiative to advance Mental Health care in Nigeria.

The Road Walk and Symposium addressed the following themes:

  • Stimulating action for Mental Health and its prioritization in the health sector in Nigeria.
  • Stigma & Discrimination against IDPs, Migrants and Refugees.
  • Drugs and Substance Dependence.
  • Delayed passage of the Mental Health Bill in Nigeria.
  • Low budget allocation to Mental Health.
  • Strategies for the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental disorders
  • Strengthening information systems, evidence and research for the IDPs, Migrants and Refugees mental health

 

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3-Day Psychosocial Support Summit @Merit House Maitama

Organization of a 3-day National Psychosocial Support Summit in Abuja from 29th to 31st of March, 2016 with activities ranging from Media advocacy and paper presentations. The summit was chaired by the President of National Psychological Association of Nigeria, Prof Andrew Zamani and the President of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Comrade Adeniji Abdulrafiu. Presidential Initiative for North East (PINE), National Orientation Agency, other state actors and non-state actors, civil society organizations, media houses, internally displaced persons from three different camps were also in attendance.