Highlights from Anti-Suicide and Depression Squad: Mental Health Speaks Conference (4), September 11th, 2022.
After a major mental health relapse in her final year at the University, Precious was admitted for treatment on one-month bed rest.
According to her, a kind friend she met at the University, spoke with her parents and they allowed her to stay with them until she felt better.Precious’ story, reminds us that with love, support and professional treatment, a mentally ill person can live a full life. It reminds us that we all have a part to play in ensuring that mental health is a priority.
The question is,
what role will you play?
What can you do to make life better for the mentally ill?
Can you identify if a person is having a nervous breakdown without being judgmental?
Will you be willing to love them regardless?Can the mentally ill person who has recovered be gainfully employed or empowered?
Telemedicine, reaching out to rural communities, and bridging the communication gap by speaking in local languages, are some of the ways Olammacares promotes mental health in Nigeria.
Mercy Frank, the moderator of the second session: ‘Promotion of Mental Health in Nigeria through a working synergy with relevant stakeholders’, did an excellent job of keeping the conversation on track and getting the relevant information from the speakers.
When asked, ‘Do you think that mentally ill persons get enough support?’
Precious Avwunuma Emodamori, the pioneer of the I Dare To Blossom Foundation, noted that the first source of support should be family.
The family of the mentally ill should seek to understand how mental illness affects their loved ones and find ways to help.