Global Awareness for Mental Health Association, a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, has solicited support for victims of mental health in the country.
This was contained in a press release sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday.
The release stated that the association which comprises CSOs led by Gede Foundation pledged support for people living with mental challenges.
To mark the day, the association took its campaign around the FCT.
Chairman of the association, Mr. Emmanuel Osemeka, hinted that October 13, was the day to remember those living with mental challenges. According to him, the theme for this year’s celebration ‘’Dignity in mental health’’ is apt because there is a no awareness for the plight of people living with mental health challenges.
Osemeke said some of the causes of mental health include depression, alcoholic and substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, violence and trauma caused by insurgency.
Executive Director, Comprehensive Autism and related Disabilities Education and Training, CADET Academy, Lola Aneke, said children with mental health also suffer stigma.
“We are here to highlight the challenges of mental health, especially as it relates to little children. So, we want to catch them young, manage and make them productive citizens of the country.
‘’We want to draw closer to people who suffer mental health challenges, involve them in all we do and let them know that they are not forgotten by the society,” Aneke said.
Resource Mobilisation and Partnership Coordinator of Gede Foundation, Godwin Etim, disclosed that for over 10 years, Gede Foundation has been working on people with HIV/AIDS, but discovered that many patients were not taking their medications regularly for unknown reasons.
‘‘For the past two and-a-half years, we have been working on mental health challenges, trying to find out why these patients are so troubled that they would hardly be concerned about their medication and we are working on a research which will make the connection between mental illness and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS or how people living with HIV/AIDS are abusing drugs,“ he promised.

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