Lagos seeks proactive measures to tackle mental illness

With nearly 50 million Nigerians suffering from mental illnesses, the Lagos State Government declared Tuesday that proactive steps are needed to combat the problem.
Mrs. Olusola Oduguwa, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Office of Internal Audit, stated this during the commencement of a mental wellness workshop for internal auditors in Lagos, saying that with over 50 million Nigerians suffering from mental illnesses

She urged people and government employees to pay attention to their mental health, claiming that their mental health has a significant impact on their overall job performance.

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The administration, according to Oduguwa, wants a healthy workforce that can contribute significantly to the realization of a 21st-century economy and, as a result, accomplish the larger Lagos ideal.

Oduguwa, who believes that early detection is crucial to living a healthy life, said the Lagos State Wellness Centre was founded on the concept that the workforce’s productivity is dependent on health.

She urged civil servants to make conscious efforts to maintain mental sanity by avoiding distractions that limit incidence of living above their means and other social vices that would negatively affect mental health.

“The place of counselling in mental wellness is no doubt very unique. It is a therapy that cannot be substituted for anything. There is no magic wand or potent pill that can move someone along the continuum of mental health other than counselling,” she further said.

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