NOA, NGOs take men­tal health aware­ness cam­paign to schools

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency (NOA), FCT Direc­torate, has col­lab­o­rated with other non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions to cre­ate aware­ness about men­tal health in the coun­try.

The cam­paign is aimed at stamp­ing out stig­ma­ti­sa­tion against peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal health chal­lenges.

The agency re­cently took the aware­ness cam­paign to sec­ondary schools, where stu­dents were ed­u­cated about men­tal health and equally cau­tioned to shun de­struc­tive habits which causes men­tal dis­or­ders.

Speak­ing dur­ing a work­shop held at the Gov­ern­ment Sec­ondary School, Garki, Abuja, the FCT di­rec­tor of NOA, Moses Abah, ex­plained that “The brain-box of any pop­u­la­tion is the men­tal health of its young peo­ple and if th­ese young peo­ple are men­tally chal­lenged, the na­tion is in trou­ble.”

In her re­marks, the Guid­ance Coun­sel­lor of Gov­ern­ment Sec­ondary School, Jabi, Mrs Chi­akha Uwaikhena, dis­closed that some stu­dents covertly en­gage in harm­ful prac­tices which af­fect their health neg­a­tively.

Uwaikhena said some smoke In­dian hemp while oth­ers drink ter­ri­ble sub­stances. “This cam­paign is timely as it would help them get off hard drugs,” she added.

The theme of this year’s event, “Dig­nity in Men­tal Health” ex­plains the im­por­tance of putting an end to stig­ma­ti­sa­tion against those suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness, said God­win Etim of Gede Foundation, who added that men­tal chal­lenges has no dis­crim­i­na­tion as peo­ple of cal­i­bre could also be af­fected.

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