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Mental Health: Vital for Overall Health and Total Well-being

By Ramatu B. Hassan (Lead Writer) It felt like no time at all had passed as the ‘Happy New Year! New Year, New Me’, social media posts transitioned into ‘Valentine is coming, where is your boyfriend?’ The great build up to Valentine’s Day had begun as people became besieged on all sides by the holiday […]

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The need to provide mental health support for pregnant women in Nigeria

I struggled with feelings of anxiety and depression for nine months during my first pregnancy in 2016. I spoke with my gynaecologist several times about my different mood swings, but he felt I should be excited because I was having a baby. Sometimes I felt happy about having a baby, but most times I felt […]

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Health Thought Leadership

“No be for Naija, We Love Life”: Demystifying Depression in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Dr. Mike Adeyemi Lawal, he is a physician with experience in Global health, operational research and advocacy. He demystifies the misconceptions that many Nigerians have about depression through a simple question and answer format and reminds us all that depression “no dey show for face.”  End […]

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“Nobody asked how I felt” - Surviving Postpartum Depression in Nigeria

“I felt thoroughly inadequate. I didn’t feel like I was attractive enough. I didn’t feel like I was doing enough. Nobody told me I could feel that way” — Patience, Post Partum Depression Survivor Patience (not her real name) a new mother of one, and a university-educated professional, said that when she gave birth, she had expected […]

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Mental Health: The danger of Nigeria’s single story

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership Article on Health was written by Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and advocate for better mental health services in Nigeria. She writes about the sparse availability of mental health services, personnel and institutions in the country, discusses why this is so, and points out the slow but […]