Online support service for people suffering from mental health crisis in Nigeria (part 1)

June 23, 2019 |

It is estimated that conflicts in Nigeria over the past time have killed more than 20,000 people, more than 1.8 million people have to migrate. According to the Nigerian Ministry of Health, at least 3 of 10 Nigerians have mental health problems but are not treated promptly due to a severe lack of health care services.

Psychiatric treatment center on “kekes” cars

Many Nigeria survivors say post-traumatic stress symptoms. However, there is only one mental health hospital in the Northeast – the Federal Neurological Hospital in Maiduguri, the largest city in the Borno state. And like other government-owned mental health care facilities in Nigeria, hospitals are often overcrowded. In Maiduguri, nearly all residents were somehow affected by the use of militant group violence, including execution, kidnapping, arson, and rape.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, there are 17 suicides / 100,000 people in Nigeria, the 7th highest in Africa. Facing this situation, nonprofit organizations are looking for new ways to reach out to people who need special care through online therapy sessions on Twitter or reach out to the community on tricycles.

 “The war, the migrations are making Nigeria face an increasing mental health crisis. Nigeria needs more support from organizations to deal with the mental health crisis. We strive to be always the first to give advice when Nigerians need help. MANI has established a suicide hotline. “

The NEEM non-profit organization was set up to solve problems in Northeast Nigeria with a clear mission to prevent extremist violence. Advisors and psychiatrists move on tricycles called “kekes” to many areas to support mental health care for displaced families, veterans Boko Haram and others. survived violence. Last year, more than 7,000 customers in Borno received counseling and psychotherapy services from NEEM.

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