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Thought Leadership Series

Mental Health, a Silent Burden for Women #GivingBirthInNigeria

Adeona (not real name) narrates the mental breakdown she suffered when carrying and delivering her fourth and last child. She was sick throughout her pregnancy. And yet her husband expected her to function normally as a wife and mother and fully support the family. Through the morning sickness, vomiting and complications of her pregnancy she […]

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0800 800 2000: She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative launches TOLL-FREE mental health helpline

In light of increased emotional and psychological distress brought about my COVID-19, the ensuing lockdown and the broader socioeconomic consequences, leading organisation that gives mental health a voice in Nigeria, She Writes Woman, launches toll-free helpline. “The helpline couldn’t have come at a better time,” founder, Hauwa Ojeifo, said about the launch. “Nigerians are going […]

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Covid19 Thought Leadership Series

Mind over COVID19: Simple tips to protect your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

In the past three months, millions of people around the globe have been urged to stay home and take various steps to protect themselves from the COVID-19 disease. As the virus slowly gains ground in Africa, there may be additional challenges on a continent where healthcare systems are already under strain, with limited access for […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Mind Over Matter: Improving Mental Health among Nigerian Men

Editor’s Note: Mental Health is an incredibly misunderstood issue in Nigeria, as it is in most parts of the world. In this week’s Thought Leadership piece, Nigeria Health Watch Program Manager Dara Ajala-Damisa writes about the need to focus particularly on the mental health needs of men. This comes on the heels of the release […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

“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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Health Thought Leadership Series

“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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Health Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

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 […]

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“Health Meets Social Media” at #SMWLagos

If you look hard, you will find that at the heart of the growth in the Nigerian economy is the drive, innovation and resilience of young Nigerians. From the new generation banks to the telecommunication firms, from new media to Nollywood, young people are re-defining business in Nigeria. Sadly, the health sector has predominantly excluded […]

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Africa Diaspora Events Nigeria Technology Thought Leadership Series

‘A Beautiful Mind – Opening up about Mental Health’ at Social Media Week Lagos

On February 26, 2016, Nigeria Health Watch will partner with Asktoks.com at a Masterclass during this year’s Social Media Week Lagos, to provoke rigorous discussion on the challenges in mental health attitudes and services in Nigeria. Over 64 million Nigerians suffer from some form of mental illness. In a world increasingly infiltrated with increased levels of negative stress, […]

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Africa Diaspora Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Time to engage with mental health care in Nigeria

Enyi Anosike is a Public Mental Health professional, and a trustee of the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria. He writes this special piece on mental health in Nigeria on behalf of the Foundation. Nneka is known to everyone in the neighbourhood, but is hardly seen. Her family keeps her well hidden from the public, uncertain […]