MANI can help with Depression, Mental Health issues in Nigeria
I am not an expert on mental health. However, statistics show that as much as 30% of Nigerians suffer from various mental health conditions like depression, dementia and bipolar disorder.
A lot of Nigerians are not aware that they are living with these conditions and those who know are afraid to seek professional help for fear of being labelled or stigmatized.
Mental health awareness in Nigeria is low due to poor sensitization and the general belief that such issues are as a result of some evil attack from perceived enemies often reffered to as ”village people”.
While not ruling out the ‘African factor’, some of the causes of mental illness in contempoarary Nigerian society are increased use of social media, experiencing traumatic situations, abusive relationships, increased drug/substance abuse and the bleek economic situation in Nigeria.
Mental health is not something we would typically talk about here on Lekki Republic but one of the objectives of this platform is to explore and then discover interesting things that are relevant to our audience and then share it with them.
Just yesterday, someone emailed me telling me she found a new way on how to rent a house in Lagos just because she read this post on our blog where we recommended a service that helps you pay for house rent monthly in Lagos.
That gave me so much joy, knowing we’re helping to guide her in making the right choice. It shows we’re making an impact.
Back to the topic of the day, we’ve just discovered Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI), a non govermental organization that raises awareness on mental health and encourages people to seek professional help.
Founder of the organization, a medical doctor, Victor Ugo himself had been diagnosed with depresssion and saw a need for mental health awareness in Nigeria.
In an interview with Bella Naija, he said:
”Well, I was diagnosed with depression 4 years ago and one would have thought that as a doctor, the signs would have been clear to me, but they weren’t and that was a shocking realization to me. That was when it dawned on me that there were so many people even and especially without the medical background who would find it even more difficult and almost impossible to recognise mental health difficulties in themselves and in their close relatives. I mean, how would they even know what to look out for? This was my inspiration.”
To find out more about MANI, visit their website.