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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Today Is World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness about mental health globally.

Health Correspondent, Chibuzor Okoye takes Critical look at the significance of the day and reports that Mental health includes emotional, psychological and social well being of an individual and it also helps to determine how individuals handle stress, relate to others and make choices.

The World Mental Health Day is for global mental education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma and provide an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and equally talked about necessary things that need to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

The day was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members in more than one hundred and fifty countries of the world.

The day was also used to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on people's life globally as well as raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

According to the World Health Organization, about four hundred and fifty million people suffer from mental health around the world, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

Speaking to the ABS, a Consultant Psychiatrist who is also the consultant in charge of Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Nwafia, Dr. Chukwuweta Onuorah who said that this year's celebration is the twenty fifth year anniversary of the event, noted that the day was set aside by the United Nations to highlight issues concerning mental health around the world.

Dr. Onuorah further said that mental illness can be genetic and listed some other causes of mental ill- health to include intake of psychoactive substances, physical and psychological trauma among others and regretted that insufficient mental health facilities remained the greatest challenge facing mental health workers.

An APGA Chieftain, Comrade Obi Ochije while baring his mind on the significance of the day appreciated mental health workers for the great job they are doing, even as he eulogized the wife of the Governor, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano for giving succour to the mentally sick people in the state without discrimination at Nteje, Oyi local Government Area, and prayed God to bless her and her husband.

The theme for this year's celebration is "mental health in the work place "

By Chibuzor Okoye

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