Women Series: Mental Healthcare For All - Making It a Reality
Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. It extends to a more holistic spectrum of emotional and social well-being, and affects how we think, feel, and act.
As the World Health Organization has stated, close to 1bn people have a mental health condition, and anyone, anywhere, can be affected. There is no single cause for these conditions - they are brought on by a mixture of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.
In various parts of the world, getting treatment for physical problems is given top priority. Still, due to limited finances and lack of awareness, mental health issues often take the back seat. People sometimes consider these to be abstract.
They openly discuss minor colds and ailments but are reluctant to share the depression or anxiety symptoms they might be experiencing. Although being as frequent as the common cold, mental illnesses are rarely discussed, diagnosed, and treated.
In this episode of the Women Series anchored by Ayomide Oguntoye, our guest Hauwa Ojeifo who is considered the Voice of Mental Health in Nigeria stresses the need for mental awareness and wellness.