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NGOs Perspectives on Mental Health in Nigeria

(Three Nigerian non-governmental organizations engaging in advocacy on mental-health issues in different States offer their perspectives.)

ANPPCAN, ENUGU

The African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) was founded in 1986. It is focused on protecting the rights of children including survival, protection, development and participation, all with the aim of ensuring that they emerge wholesome individuals, unencumbered by traumatic experiences. ANPPCAN looks after children who have experienced abuse and works for their mental health. Clinical Psychologist and Programme Director of teh organisation Elekwachi Chimezie spoke to PLAC BEAM. Chimezie is also Centre Manager for the International Federation for Psychotherapy, Enugu.

ELEKWACHI CHIMEZIE, PROGRAMME DIRECTOR ANPPCAN

On mental health bill and advocacy:

“The Bill focuses on ensuring that people have better access to mental health care and makes government responsible in terms of providing mental health access. Most importantly, it will address the issues of human rights abuse in the sector, you know it’s been a major issue for people to realise that mental illness is like every other form of poor health. Providing a law that will enable people to have improved protection both in the workplace and society, will improve on the work that we do.”

On operating environment for NGOs working on mental health:

“Apart from few global funding, for example Grand Challenges of Canada, DFID that I know, there aren’t a number of opportunities or funding focused on providing mental health services for those who are in need of it.”

Unique experiences:

“In 2015, we published an article called, ‘Brain Fag: New Perspectives’. Brain fag is a mental health condition that was first diagnosed by Raymond Prince in Nigeria and became a diagnostic criterion. But after brain fag was removed from the category of mental illness. It was no longer referred to as a mental health diagnostic criterion. My senior colleague and I, Professor Peter Ebigbo, wrote an article on the new perspectives about brain fag. We said that brain fag is a form of mental illness that goes in line with, in some cases, depending on the personality of the individual, anxiety. In other situations, it can come in the form of depression. What is most important is that the clinician understands the dynamics of our culture to be able to diagnose this condition correctly. We identified that there are issues of misdiagnoses that usually occur because people aren’t really culturally aware about the cultural dispositions that make the African different from the Western person. So, we wrote this article and also said that brain fag was usually seen among students though can occur outside of student community.”

On causes of mental health problems:

“When you talk about the insurgency, the issue of banditry, robbery, kidnapping, these have been major factors of unrest among people. When you look at the socio-economic situation, especially for young persons who do not have access to health care, no social protection, you realise that young people are uniquely affected by mental health problems.

“The National Violence Against Children Survey of 2015 estimated that about 60% of our children experience violence and you know that violence has a direct impact on mental health. Also, women who have experienced domestic violence can develop mental health problems. In fact, studies have shown that about 35% of our women have experienced domestic violence and sadly less than 55% of them have access to supportive services.”

On protecting mental health and wellbeing:

“Basically, it is about being positive. We have to look out for things that make us look towards life with positivity. Also, you know that it is not what happens that matters, it is how you look at it that makes a difference. We must be able to look critically at positive things that happen around us and be very intentional about identifying the positive things that happen to us. People in every day conversation say, ‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift and that’s why it is called present’. We need to be able to realise that what we have today is hope.

“We have to remember that our communal lifestyle is always and has always been a very good one. Even the Western world is learning about communal approaches to social wellbeing and togetherness. So, we need to look at how things are happening with us by looking at communal lifestyle and bringing up all those communal things that make us find ways of surviving. “

What the government could do:

Mental health is the most neglected sector. More should be allocated to mental health. The students that are now in the university, should be encouraged. Those that are going to be doctors should be encouraged in the field of psychiatry and psychotherapy. We need to have more psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists because they are not much. If there is need, they should be sponsored as well so that those that are interested can have the means to that kind of education. Our rehabilitation centres need help. They need more workers, beds, funds. There needs to be programmes for creating awareness for mental health issues. Even the policies we have need to be checked and revised.

CHARIS HEALTH CARE & COMMUNITY SUPPORT INITIATIVE, JOS

HENRY OJENYA, PROGRAMMES MANAGER, CHARIS HEALTHCARE

Charis Health Care is a community-based and faith-based organisation in Jos that provides care to people that are experiencing psychological problems. They provide mental health services for individuals, families and communities. The organization has recovery groups and programmes that provide life-skills training and support. Programmes manager Henry Ojenya speaks on the Nigerian situation.

On mental health bill and advocacy:

“The Mental Health Bill came out of the Lunacy ordinance of 1916, but the name is called the Lunacy Act of 1958. We have seen how this Bill has gone through reforms and a lot of other activities around it, how it will be enacted and implemented from 2003 when the House of Assembly raised the issue again, to 2019 and then 2020. This Bill has gone through a lot of reform, yet it still carries some stigmatising words and names that makes it difficult for us to carry on with our work especially around advocacy for improved mental health services.

“Treatment is only available in the tertiary institutions like the federal neuropsychiatric hospitals. So, we need our legislations to be centred around mental health issues being faced in Nigeria, the establishment of institutionalized facilities that could provide evidence-based care and how to support people working in the field of mental health care.

“People are experiencing trauma in communities, individuals trying to overcome mental health challenges so, people should be able to access basic care. There is no humane or medical approach from our Lunacy Act for people experiencing mental health problems. This law will definitely create a more enabling environment and will ensure that more people have access to mental health care knowing that there is a law protecting them from human rights abuses.”

On operating environment for NGOs working on mental health:

“The operating environment seems not to be conducive. NGOs work out of passion but sometimes we get to a point where we are stuck. Let’s take even one aspect of the mental health, for instance, which is drug use. There is an epidemic of drug problems in Nigeria. When we go to the community to provide care for individuals with drug use problems, sometimes we have government agencies like NDLEA come to raid or even arrest professionals and health care workers in those communities. If there is an awareness of mental health generally, people will know that substance abuse, drug dependency is also a mental health problem and needs medical approaches. Criminalizing drug users rather than sending them for treatment is not a better approach. Drug arrest should be really done towards people selling these drugs not people using it. People using and depending on the drugs should be sent for treatment. You expect a community responsiveness but, if it is not livelihood, community empowerment, environmental issues, you don’t get support, funding or community backing. So, the environment is not really conducive in terms of funding, supportiveness from communities, supportiveness from institutions, stigma and sustainability.”

Unique experiences:

“Recently, we had to provide trauma care for young children aged 9 to 12 years old who were molested by a foreigner. Over nine of them were molested. I won’t mention names for confidentiality reasons. This happened since May and no form of intervention was provided for them. The only thing done for them was that they were taken to a primary health care centre and there was no reproductive check-up for them or trauma care or protective service. We had to look at legal services that could address the issue because it involved a foreigner. Our police system was compromised.

“Another experience we had was of a client that was arrested for using drugs. He was taking cannabis without causing problems in his space. He had no problem with his neighbour or anyone, but they knew he smoked cannabis. Someone’s car got stolen in the neighbourhood and of course, every finger was pointed at him. Substance use we know most times is as a result of mental health problems. This client was taking substances to cope with the stresses he was experiencing; he could not sleep at night or cope with academics. He was detained; no attorney to fight for his case so, he was imprisoned. When we didn’t see our client come into the facility for so long, we had to look for him and hire a lawyer to fight his case.

“There was another case of a young man who was abandoned in the street, eating from a bin. A religious organisation told his family that if they had anything to do with him, all of them in the family would come down with mental health problems. The young man was abandoned, and we knew that the family could support him to get help. His situation got worse until we found him. Prior to this, he was coming to us for counselling. When we found him, we took him to a facility because we provide outpatient care, we looked for funding for him which was difficult. Today, he is doing well and even learning a skill. The highlight for me or my work is the fact that you see a young person come in with say a drug or mental health problem struggling to cope and then over months, you see them smiling out. People not talking to you, paranoid and suicidal, after some months of treatment, medication, counselling, support, you see them connecting back with family. It’s amazing.”

Protecting mental health and well being:

In our organisation, there is something we call PEGMATE, which we advocate for protecting your mental health. The acronym is explained below.

  • – Physical Exercise – Keep yourself active each day. Try push-ups, skipping, jogging, dancing, go for a stretch walk or run the stirs. If you can’t step out of your house. Exercise reduces anxiety and depression.
  • E – Eat right – Remember to drink a lot of water.
  • G – Get good sleep. Ensure you get 5 to 7 hours of quality sleep.
  • M – Maintain Healthy Relationships. Connect with friends, family and acquaintances.
  • A – Avoid the use of psychoactive substances.
  • T – Talk to a professional. Discuss your vulnerability in a safe place. Share your feelings, negative thoughts and behaviours. Visit a counsellor.
  • E – Engage your mind in creative activities. Paint, draw, knit something. Travel, grow a plant, read a book, bake, design a card. Find time for your hobby.

“It’s good to watch the news but it is more important to protect our mental health, so sometimes, change the channel. As much as possible, avoid psychoactive substances, alcohol, tobacco, opioids, tramadol, that could trigger mental health issues. If we find a way to ease the stresses that we face, then it’s possible that we can live a life that is free of mental health problems in Nigeria. “

What the government could do:

We need the government to support NGOs, faith-based organisations, community-based organisations, treatment centres, so that we would have people coming into the facilities for mental health check-up. If we can have this inclusiveness of mental health treatment in the National Health Scheme, the NHIS, then it makes it easier, so people know that they need to do mental health check-up the way they go to the hospital for check-up.

POSITIVE PATHWAYS INITIATIVE, KANO

HAJIYA RUKAYYA TOFA, FOUNDER POSITIVE PATHWAYS INITIATIVE

Positive Pathways Initiative is a non-profit organisation dedicated to working for the protection, promotion, improvement of quality of life of people suffering from mental illnesses, especially depression and anxiety. They provide preventive and rehabilitative measures like mentoring, counselling, and empowerment. The founder, Hajiya Rukayya Tofa, gives her take from the family and victim perspective:

“What we are trying to do for now is mostly create awareness. What is really going on in the society is that there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illnesses, and people are afraid to come out and say, ‘Look I have a mental disorder or I am not feeling well, I am depressed.’ So, they are afraid to seek for medical attention. They are always thinking that people will term them as crazy.

“Even as families, you will see a person suffering from a mental health illness, but they are hiding it or will even lock the person up for a long time instead of seeking for help. Even when we visited one of the rehabilitation centres, some families if they take their loved ones there, they don’t even want the person to be discharged; they want him to stay there forever. So, even if they are healthy and can go back home, there is still that stigma. Integrating them back into the society is also a problem, both from their family and people in the community”.

On causes of mental health problems:

“Depression is one of the main causes of mental illness. Depression can be caused by genetic factors, serious illnesses, trauma, abuse, and age.”

On Protecting mental health and well-being:

I will say rest and get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, be confident and bond with your family. Like us here, a lot of men don’t even know what their women are going through, and the women are even afraid of telling their husbands what they are going through. So, it’s good to show your family love. Bond with them as there’s a lot of drug abuse cases and teenage suicide so you need to take care of your children properly. See the kind of people they are mingling with and also encourage them in their lives. Always make them confident and courageous. Whenever you feel you are depressed, you need to seek help. Go and see a doctor, go and see a psychiatrist. The brain is also part of your body. If you can go for physical check up on your physical health, you also need to see a psychiatrist because like I mentioned, you can hurt yourself or your loved ones. In fact, about one in every four people can be depressed or is already depressed according to statistics. As I said, people can be cured. Allow them to go back to their work, don’t look at them as lunatics. You need to respect them and also show them love.

What the government could do:

I just hope that the government will do more about the policies to create awareness on these mental health issues. I also think more needs to be allocated to mental health sector because the funds that go to mental health are not that much and a lot needs to be done. One of the rehabilitation centres that we visited really needed more workers. They even complained that they needed more psychiatrists. It takes longer before they can get anything. They send reminders and it takes months before something is done.

“What we really intend to do is even going to villages to create more awareness. People normally go to see traditionalists or herbalists. They don’t associate their mental health as a disease or illness to go to the hospital. They feel like it’s a demon. Those people that don’t have the means to go to the hospital, we want to help them; take them to see a psychiatrist.”

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Donate to support MHEI 6th Anniversary

Allow me welcome you to The Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative MHEI 6th Anniversary program; Advocacy and Community Mental Health Outreaches in 11 States including FCT Abuja.

Mental health challenges in the country have been on the steady rise and skyrocketed with the COVID19 pandemic. we have witness increase in number who are depressed and people who died by suicide.

In Nigeria, there are several barriers to access to effective mental healthcare, e.g. cost, distance to the mental health facility, social stigma, cultural beliefs, attitudes, taboos etc.

This project will support, persons, family members and the community people with a set of activities like diagnosis, treatment, counselling, medication and care, family and community awareness and capacity building, linkage with government health and rehabilitation facilities to access sustained facilities as far as possible.

Project objectives
To create intensive sensitization campaign on mental health and drug misuse
To raise public awareness on the need for mental health support (policy, plan, legislation, and funding)
To give a voice to people living with mental health disabilities (Build peer/community support system)
To provide a platform for people with mental health disabilities to seek help (our website, social media platforms and toll-free line)
To create a referral system for people with Mental Health Disabilities and Drug use Problems

We look forward to your donations, let’s together build a mentally healthy society across Nigeria and beyond.

https://donate-ng.com/donate/campaign/9932#.YQV55YzoOc8

Remain ever blessed.

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Happy Birthday to you Mr Ameh Zion

Happy Birthday to you Mr Ameh Zion more prosperous years in health, wealth ,more achievement greater work, liftings n breakthroughs cheers Enjoy your day

“The purpose of life is to be happy, to be at peace,, to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

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MENTAL HEALTH OF ENTREPRENEURS

MENTAL HEALTH OF ENTREPRENEURS by Mariwala Health Initiative

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Trust in the process

In every stage in life there is always a key value that keep you going. The the road might be rough but to achieve a greater height you need to trust the process and keep to it. you need to keep the following

Dedication: The willingness to give a lot of time and energy to something because it is important. Always shown great dedication to the cause.

Sacrifice: When you sacrifice to make yourself and people around you happy, that can potentially increase trust and happiness. People who sacrifice for “approach-motivated” reasons—for long-term collective gain as an individual. To achieve a greater good you need to learn how to sacrifice your time and energy, an act of offering to a deity something precious especially, the killing of a victim on an altar

Time management: Time management is the process of planning and controlling how much time to spend on specific activities. Good time management enables an individual to complete more in a shorter period of time, lowers stress, and leads to career success.

Patience: Patience puts us in direct control of ourselves. And there is no more powerful an aid to success then self-possession. The reality therefore is that personal growth, like most processes in the physical natural world, requires enormous patience. To paraphrase billionaire investor, Warren Buffet, “you can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.,” The same is true for personal growth.

Persistence and Self-improvement: The concept of self-growth for personal development and growth, whether achieved as formal or informal processes at an individual level or throughout an institution’s culture, forms the basic foundation of one’s way of being. Since each individual is different with divergent life goals, the concept of self-growth can be liberating yet challenging.

To keep move up in life and get that progress. You need to dedicate yourself to the process commit your mind and thoughts to it, discipline and believe in yourself. Manage your time well, be patient and persistent in your effort. Focus on self-improvement and before you know it you will be climbing up the ladder faster than you envisaged. When building a legacy, don’t give up on yourself and trust in the process.

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Advocacy

The emergence of mental health advocacy movements in several countries has helped to change society’s perceptions of persons with mental disorders. Individuals have begun to articulate their own visions of the services they need. They are increasingly able to make informed decisions about treatment and other matters in their daily lives. Individual and family participation in advocacy organizations may also have several positive outcomes.

Roles of different groups in advocacy

Individuals and families

Opinions vary among Individuals and their organizations about how best to achieve their goals. Some groups want active cooperation and collaboration with general health and mental health services, here as others desire complete separation from them. Individuals groups can play various roles in advocacy, ranging from influencing policies and legislation to providing help for people with mental disorders. Individuals have sensitized the general public about their cause and provided education and support to people with mental disorders. They have denounced some forms of treatment that are believed to be negative. They have denounced poor service delivery, inaccessible care and involuntary treatment. Individuals can also struggle for improved legal rights and the protection of existing rights. Programs run by Individuals concern drop-in centers, case management, crisis services and outreach. The roles of families in advocacy overlap with many of the areas taken on by Individuals. However, families have the distinctive role of caring for persons with mental disorders. In many places they are the primary care providers and their organizations are fundamental as support networks. In addition to providing mutual support and services, many family groups have become advocates, educating the community, increasing the support obtained from policy-makers, denouncing stigma and discrimination, and fighting for improved services.

Nongovernmental organizations

These organizations may be professional, involving only mental health professionals, or interdisciplinary, involving people from diverse areas. In some nongovernmental organizations, mental health professionals work with persons who have mental disorders, their families and other concerned individuals. Nongovernmental organizations fulfill many of the advocacy roles described for Individuals and families. Their distinctive contribution to the advocacy movement is that they support and empower Individuals and families with trainings and tools to push for better mental health care

General health workers and mental health workers

In places where care has been shifted from psychiatric hospitals to community services, mental health workers have taken a more active role in protecting Individuals rights and raising awareness for improved services. In traditional general health and mental health facilities it is not unusual that workers feel empathy for persons with mental disorders and become advocates for them over some issues. Some specific advocacy roles for mental health workers relate to:

  • clinical work from a Individuals and family perspective;
  • participation in the activities of Individuals and family groups;
  • supporting the development of Individuals groups and family groups;
  • planning and evaluating programs together.

Policy-makers and planners

Ministries of health and specifically their mental health sections, can play an important role in advocacy. Ministries of health may implement advocacy actions directly so as to influence the mental health of populations in general or consumers’ civil and health rights in particular. They may achieve similar or complementary impacts on these populations by working indirectly through supporting advocacy groups (consumers, families, nongovernmental organizations, mental health workers). Additionally, it is necessary for each ministry of health to convince other policy-makers and planners, e.g. the executive branch of government, the ministry of finance and other ministries, the judiciary, the legislature and political parties, to focus on and invest in mental health.

How ministries of health can support advocacy

By supporting advocacy activities with Individuals groups, family groups and non-governmental organizations Governments can provide these organizations with the support required for their development and empowerment. This support should not be accompanied by conditions that would prevent occasional criticism of the government. The empowerment of Individuals and families mean that they are given power, authority and a sense of capacity and ability. Principal steps for supporting Individuals groups, family groups and nongovernmental Organizations

The implementation of some of the ideas presented in this module could help ministries of health to support advocacy in their countries or regions. The development of an advocacy movement could facilitate the implementation of mental health policy and legislation and populations could receive many benefits. The needs of persons with mental disorders could be better understood and their rights could be better protected. They could receive services of improved quality and could participate actively in their planning, development, monitoring and evaluation. Families could be supported in their role as cares, and populations at large could gain an improved understanding of mental health and disorders

Our Strategy

The mandate health empowerment initiative overtime has developed and implement strategies to ensure the government take the Metal health bill with high priority. Some of our strategy include

CSOs and NGOs Round table discussion: to ensure every CSOs and NGOs that are in one way or the other related or interested in the mental health understand the main concept of the mental health bill and also understand the need to push for this bill and other mental health reform, we at Mandate health organized an Monthly meeting with all the interested individuals to discuss the Mental health bill.

Meeting with key Legislators: as part of our mandate to see that the mental health of individual is seen as priority and some key law are put in place, we usually have courtesy visits to some of the key resistor is the Health sector and in the environment sector or legislator who talk the mental health of her people. The focus of our discussion is always targeted on how we can see to the betterment of the people

Social Media Engagement: Another of our key area in letting our voice heard is using social media. We engage on weekly tweet chat where we educate people on mental health, educate people on mental health policy and also use the opportunity to reach out to the government.

We at Mandate health empowerment initiative, our goal is to build a mentally healthy sociality

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MHEI Volunteers

NAMEPHONE NOSTATEAREA OF INTEREST
Ohunene James AbujaMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Doris   Izuwah AbujaResearch and Publications; Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Joy Kemakolam0803xxxxxx3AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements; Capacity Building and Training; Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities; Community Outreach and Engagement
Asmau Ahmed  Abubakar AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements; Capacity Building and Training; Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Osewa    Pelumi AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements; Research and Abuja Publications; Capacity Building and Training; Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities; Community Outreach and Engagement
Chinelo   Enughobi AbujaCapacity Building and Training; Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities; Community Outreach and Engagement
John Odomene AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Community Outreach and Engagement  
Opeyemi     Osoare AbujaCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Olayemi    Olumurewa Joel AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Community Outreach and Engagement
Titus  Augustine Omaojo081xxxxxxx7AbujaMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Bridget  Oshiogbele0806xxxxxxx9AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
Nneka    Osuji  Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
Gabriel   Elaigwu AbujaCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Ibrahim   Sodiq AbujaCapacity Building and Training
Gospel   Ndunaka0706xxxxxxx8AbujaResearch and Publications;Media and Content writing
Sarah Abel AbujaMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Aliyu   Haruna Lagi AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
Suleiman  Mohammed AbujaCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Olaseni  Mumin0806xxxxxxx3AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Capacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement
Ishaku Abdulmumini0706xxxxxxx0  AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Community Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
Aicha   Dabo AbujaCapacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement
Obinna   Okoye0818xxxxxxx9AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Community Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
Patience Agbaraji0706xxxxxx1AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement;Psychosocial support
Benjamin   Ibhazukor0806xxxxx1AbujaCapacity Building and Training, Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities, Community Outreach and Engagement, Consultancy, Psychosocial support
Hannatu Pamela Ishaya AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements, Research and Publications, Capacity Building and Training, Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities, Community Outreach and Engagement, Psychosocial support, Media and Content writing
Stephanie Williams0813xxxxxx0AbujaCapacity Building and Training, Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities, Community Outreach and Engagement
Foluke Odidi0806xxxxxx1AbujaMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities, Community Outreach and Engagement
Hadiza Abdullahi0803xxxxxx5AbujaResearch and Publications, Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Esther  Bassey Akwa IbomMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
Ngozi   Azodo0809xxxxxx0Akwa IbomMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement;Consultancy;Psychosocial support;Media and Content writing
Nyaknobong  Inyang0706xxxxxx3Akwa IbomCapacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Consultancy;Media and Content writing
Ima-obong  Harrison0806xxxxx2Akwa IbomPsychosocial support
Immanuel  Adebayo090xxxxxxx6BayelsaChildren / Youth Mental Health;Drug Use / Substance Abuse;Mental Health First-Aid;Psychiatrist;Mental Health Education / Skills Development / Training  
Ogenyi Isaac  0706xxxxxx7BornoSocial Care and Services / Psychosocial Support;Children / Youth Mental Health;Mental Health First-Aid;Clinical Psychologist / Counselor;Mental Health Education / Skills Development / Training  
Balqees Momodu   EdoAdvocacy / Lobbying / Campaigning / Communications;Gender Equality / Women Rights;Children / Youth Mental Health;Drug Use / Substance Abuse;Mental Health First-Aid  
Fayemi    Taiwo090xxxxxxx6EkitiCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Ifeoluwa   Aremu0817xxxxxx7EkitiMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
Chidiebere Frances Ozuligbo081xxxxxx0EnuguMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Capacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement
Nnenna Onyenucheya EnuguMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Augustine  Obialor     ImoResearch and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement  
Babannan Iliya JigawaCommunity Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
Yakubu Bashir081xxxxxxx9JigawaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements, Capacity Building and Training, Community Outreach and Engagement
Umar Isah081xxxxxxxx2KadunaCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Jireh Moses08xxxxxxx4KadunaCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Sadiq Fada0803xxxxxx6KadunaCapacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement;Psychosocial support
Zainab Salaudeen090xxxxxx1KadunaResearch and Publications;Community Outreach and Engagement
Fareedah Ishaq080xxxxxx6KadunaMedia and Content writing
Lisa  Zazzau0813xxxxx4KadunaResearch and Publications
Katyit  Damang081xxxxxx6KadunaCapacity Building and Training, Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Victor Bayei080xxxxxx9KadunaCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Abdullahi  Lawal0803xxxxxx7KanoMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Capacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement
Monday Mathew KanoCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Hussein Raji080xxxxxxx7KwaraResearch and Publications
Bello Mariam0814xxxxxx8KwaraMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
Adejoke Temitope  Hamzat081xxxxxx0KwaraMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Adeyemi Ariyo070xxxxxxx6KwaraCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Hassan Hassan090xxxxx8KwaraMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
Rume  dave-uwode LagosMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Psychosocial support
Morakinyo Gbolahan LagosResearch and Publications;Media and Content writing
Omotayo Lawal090xxxxxxx9LagosPsychosocial support;Media and Content writing
Adetutu Taiwo0816xxxxxx3LagosCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Ukamaka Kodumuo LagosMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Community Outreach and Engagement
Oluwapelumi Ibitoye LagosMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Media and Content writing
Ibidun Faridat Olamide081xxxxxxx6LagosMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities, Community Outreach and Engagement, Psychosocial support, Media and Content writing
Modupeola Fagbenro080xxxxxxx0LagosMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements, Capacity Building and Training, Consultancy
Collins Okolo090xxxxxxx9LagosResearch and Publications, Media and Content writing
Oluwaseun   Adekanye080xxxxxxx0LagosResearch and Publications, Community Outreach and Engagement, Consultancy, Psychosocial support
Zaharaddeen  Aliyu0806xxxxxxx6NassarawaCapacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
Esther Audu NassarawaCapacity Building and Training, Consultancy, Psychosocial support
Michael  Iyowu0703xxxxxx3  NigerMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications
Williams  Ochife NigerMedia and Content writing
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Dare  Ogunsemi081xxxxxxx7OsunMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements, Research and Publications, Capacity Building and Training, Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities, Consultancy, Psychosocial support
Ibidun Faridat081xxxxx6OsunMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements, Research and Publications, Community Outreach and Engagement, Media and Content writing
Muhammed  Haroun0807xxxxx4OyoCommunity Outreach and Engagement
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Oghenewoke Atariata081xxxxxx1OyoResearch and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement;Psychosocial support;Media and Content writing
Adebayo Aare090xxxxxx9OyoMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Media and Content writing
Fidelis Adire   RiversMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Community Outreach and Engagement  
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Bridget  Oshiogele0806xxxxx9AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
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Mallo Timothy070xxxxxx5 ABUJAResearch and Publications;Community Outreach and Engagement
Victoria Oyedele081xxxxxx3OgunMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
kucheli Hope Kobiba070xxxxxx5 JalingoPsychosocial support;Media and Content writing
Oluyemisi yetunde080xxxxx9Enugu stateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements
Ogunbiyi Adeolu08xxxxx9 AbujaMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
Fom Augustine08xxxxxx8Taraba State  Jalingo.Psychosocial support
Ooloje Fidelis Iduh09xxxxx55 Abuja-FCTMedia and Content writing
Terah  Micah Barde070xxxxxx5TarabaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement;Psychosocial support
Solomon Adeyemi070xxxxx4OsunAdvocacy / Lobbying / Campaigning / Communications;Human Rights / Social Justice;Children / Youth Mental Health;Fundraising / Civil Society Resources;Media and Communication (Including online and Community)
Tobiloba  ibraheem081xxxxxx7OsunHuman Rights / Social Justice;Children / Youth Mental Health
Oyewale Oyedun070xxxxxx2AbujaSocial Care and Services / Psychosocial Support;Children / Youth Mental Health;Drug Use / Substance Abuse;Mental Health First-Aid;Clinical Psychologist / Counselor;Mental Health Education / Skills Development / Training
FRANCIS Anichede0706xxxxx4PlateauMental Health First-Aid;Clinical Psychologist / Counselor;Mental Health Education / Skills Development / Training
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HIKMATU   ABDULAI241xxxxx3GhanaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
Omotayo   Johnson080xxxxx5Ogun stateResearch and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement
Obonganyanga Joshua081xxxxx8 Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement
Deborah  Ogunkolati081xxxx81LagosMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Abubakar Alhassan Garba0806xxxxx5Kano StateMedia and Content writing
ABUBAKAR SHUAIBU Abubakar081xxxxx6 Mental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements
Egwuatu  Chioma joy0703xxxxx4AbujaMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Community Outreach and Engagement
Aliyu   Ahmad Rufai081xxxxx4KanoMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
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Friday Eguavoen080xxxx6AbujaCapacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement;Psychosocial support
Lekmak Tyoden070xxxxx8 Plateau StateCapacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement;Psychosocial support
Moses  Idowu081xxxxx7 Niger State.Mental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements
Ibukun Adeniyi090xxxxx14 Niger stateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements
Ibidapo Kehinde Victoria081xxxxx20Niger StateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements
Jennifer  Ayakpam070xxxx40AbujaCommunity Outreach and Engagement
Blessing  Azubuike081xxxx5Oyo stateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Consultancy
Doosuur Chen234xxxxx631GombePsychosocial support
Timothy Abiodun Adeleye080xxxxx18 Gombe StateMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Psychosocial support
Temiloluwa  Okunade070xxxx19OyoMedia and Content writing
Ojibara Husseinat070xxxx66Kwara StateMental Health Events and Networking Opportunities
Ojibara Hassanat Taiye0810xxxx59Kwara StateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements
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GRACE MAIYAKI090xxxxx7NigerCapacity Building and Training;Community Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
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Florence  Adepoju070xxxxxx4 Osun-StateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Community Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
Morakinyo Gbolahan08xxxxx72LagosMedia and Content writing
Fatokun Matthew Babafemi090xxxxx28Osun StateConsultancy
Chris Okafor070xxxxx4AbujaCommunity Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
Olorunfemi Ogundipe081xxxxx27Ondo StateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Capacity Building and Training;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Community Outreach and Engagement;Consultancy;Psychosocial support;Media and Content writing
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Violet Nwaiwu070xxxxx06 Abuja 
Kareem Muritala Bolaji07xxxxx61kwara state 
Paul Racheal08xxxxxx3Osun stateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Research and Publications;Mental Health Events and Networking Opportunities;Media and Content writing
Florence Adepoju070xxxxx34osun StateMental Health Campaigns, Petitions and Statements;Community Outreach and Engagement;Media and Content writing
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Lesson 4: Psychological Impact of Quarantine on Relationships, Education etc

Lesson 3: Psychological Impact of Quarantine on Relationships, Education; The lecture applies to relationships.

(Mrs Sarah Chukukere)

All types of relationships including

  • Romantic
  • Friendship
  • Family
  • Etc

In the era of the Covid-19 virus, stringent methods like
quarantine and social distancing will make us redefine and recalibrate our
relationships. Mandatory quarantine which is being used across the globe to
control the spread of the virus has the potential of putting immense stress on
relationships as people end up being stuck in together in a sometimes-uncomfortable
situation with no options.

In this context, I am not just talking about romantic relationships,
but relationships that involve a shared living situation which includes but is
not limited to;

  • Married/unmarried couples living with or without
    children &/or siblings.
  • Friends or roommates living together.
  • Grown kids living with/or taking care of their
    aged parents

This new living situation may be why there has also been
increased reports of domestic violence around the world. One report from the UK
says that there has been a 30% increase in reports on domestic violence. Though
we were built to be social and live with each other, we were not programmed to
be next to each other every waking moment of the day. Consequently, there are
several psychological effects that quarantine could have on an individual.

In fact after this pandemic is over people will need a lot
of counselling for

  • post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • confusion
  • anger
  • avoidance behavior

So, what are the things that could put stress on
relationships?

  • longer quarantine duration
  • Financial loss or no finance
  • Loss of jobs
  • infection fears
  • frustration
  • boredom
  • inadequate supplies
  • inadequate information
  • and stigma.

To mention a few

  • If there are children in a house,
  • more things will be broken,
  • they may start misbehaving for attention
  • One person may get tired of doing all the house
    work and lash out

STRATEGIES FOR COPING 

Maintaining a good healthy relationship during this period
will take a lot of willpower, patience & positivity. However, here are some
not-so-obvious tips for coping.

The Rule of 4: For every 1 bad trait, think of 4 good ones:
We all have bad traits we may/or may not know about, however the quarantine may
become a magnifying glass on these traits. During this time, it is advised not
to dwell on the bad traits, instead think about 4 other good traits the person
has. Doing this as a regular mental exercise could help you maintain a good
relationship.

Nostalgia: Think about the good times and spend a few
minutes every day reminiscing about precious moments. Remind yourself of
memorable events in the past or why you fell in love or have a deep bond. This
can help you see how far you have come and, help you look forward towards a
brighter future.

Pinch of salt: Instead of striving for a better partner by
commenting on every single thing or mistakes , concentrate on avoiding or
overlooking elementary mistakes or “take it with a pinch of salt” as
they say. Know that you are also far from perfect and probably make your own
mistakes too.

Fight to control your own negative reactions, this period is
a great time for emotional learning to increase our emotional intelligence.
Negative reactions to situations on make them worse. If the affront is one you
can’t endure, then say something, but do it calmly without retaliating, because
the negativity effect can quickly turn a small disagreement into a raging
battle.

Take some time out to play couples games. Most couples don’t
realize how much they don’t know about each other rather, they usually assume
certain things. For example, a couples Q&A session could reveal that a boyfriend
actually does not prefer to sleep on the left side of the bed, but does so to
make it easier for his girlfriend to sleep next to the window because she gets
really hot at night.

Here is a fun game I like to give couples I counsel to play.

  • What’s your partner’s least favorite body part?
  • When your partner was a child, what did they
    want to be when they grew up?
  • Name a country your partner would love to visit.
  • Did your partner have a nickname as a child?
    What was it? Bonus point: Did they like the nickname? Why?
  • Which of your partner’s aunts or uncles
    are they closest to? [Skip if not applicable]
  • What disappointment or rejection from your
    partner’s past still stings?
  • Which of your partner’s achievements are
    they most proud of?
  • What is your partner’s least favorite housework
    task?
  • Name two of your partner’s
    grandparents. Bonus point: Can you name all their grandparents?
  • Outside of their career, what’s something
    your partner considers themselves naturally talented at?
  • What is your partner’s favorite smell?
  • What is your partner’s favorite flavor of
    ice cream?
  • What is a personality trait your
    partner dislikes about themselves, and that they share with a parent?
  • Of all the ways there are to die, which
    does your partner fear the most?
  • What type of music does your partner secretly
    like? What’s a musical taste they have that most people wouldn’t know they
    enjoy?
  • What does your partner typically look
    forward to most about the weekend?
  • Who is someone your partner considers to be a
    mentor, or who has been a strong positive influence on their professional
    development?
  • How did your partner spend their summers as a
    child?
  • What is your partner’s favorite and least
    favorite aspects of their work?
  • Does your partner consider themselves more like
    their mother or their father in terms of personality? In what way?
  • What purchase is your partner currently
    considering?
  • What’s on their wish list?