Teenz Global Foundation, an NGO, on Tuesday in Abuja, stressed the need to end all forms of stigmatisation, discrimination and abuse against persons facing mental health challenge.
The Founder of the group, Mrs Ijeoma Sorochi, made the call during the third edition of the dialogue on the “Power of Your Mind Project (POYMP): An Effective Suicide Prevention Response Strategy for Young People in Nigeria.”
Sorochi identified stigmatisation, discrimination; substance abuse, financial challenges, depression and insecurity as some of the causes of mental health challenge, which she said had increased suicide rates in the society.
She said “mental health is described as the case of someone being mad, there is stigma attached to it, we need to change our mindset, perception and understand that people go through challenges that can be trying, and difficult to control.
“So, provide an avenue where people can speak up, a place where you can educate people and increase awareness on mental health challenge and preventive measures to help reduce suicide rates.
“Let’s increase awareness on mind management among young people, how to utilise minds to prevent negative thoughts and suicide prevention because of the increase cases of suicides and statistics.”
According to her, the programme aims to create awareness on mental health and how suicide can be prevented among young people in the country.
“I know this programme will be beneficial to everyone because the issue of mental health has become very important today and there is need to continue to raise awareness on the dangers of suicide and also prevent it.
“Each of us can contribute to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health live better lives with dignity.”
Ms Evangeline Micheal, a motivational speaker and pastor at Christ Embassy Church, advised youths to digest materials that would be beneficial for their growth and development.
Micheal, who spoke on “Positive Mindset Reorientation and Character Development Among Young People in Nigeria,” encouraged youths to utilise their time wisely in empowering themselves.
He said “young people are limited by their mind and thought patterns in life, that’s why having a positive mindset remains critical to maximising one’s potential.
“It’s therefore very important for young people to build and maintain positive mindset as it energises them to make impact in life.
“As young persons, don’t keep quiet at the ills in the society, take action now because you’re the future of your society.”
The Nigeria News Agency reports that a quiz on mental health, positive mindset and change took place during the event.
Participants at the event include NYSC members, motivational speakers and students from GGSS Wuse Zone 1, Abuja; GSS Zone 2, Abuja; GSS Wuse Zone 3, Abuja; GGSS Appo Resettlement, Abuja.(NAN)
Edited by Abiodun Esan/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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