LAGOS, NIGERIA – 3 October 2019 — Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health The Honorable Abdulaziz Abdullahi offered startling statistics on the mental health of Nigerians during a speech he delivered at the Mental Health Action Committee and Stakeholders’ Workshop in Abuja in November 2018. Attendees at the Mental Health Action Committee learned that approximately 30% of Nigeria’s citizens suffer from mental illness. The mental health of Nigeria’s citizens came under the scrutiny of the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int) as a result of its report in 2017 that 7,079,815 Nigerians suffered from depression which is characterized as “unhappiness” and can lead to suicide.
The dire need to address Nigeria’s mental health issue in the absence of the enactment of a Mental Health Act has moved the Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network (“BMAN”) (www.bmanadvocacy.org) and the Nigeria International Men’s Day Team to create a national Mental Health Mandate through the establishment of a Titilayo Akinwe Restart Program in every state throughout Nigeria. Mr. Titilayo is the late elder brother of Mr. Ola Akinwe, the Founder and Executive Director of BMAN and the Nigeria Coordinator for International Men’s
“In 2003, I lost my immediate elder brother, Titilayo. After many disappointments with his musical career, Titilayo’s frustrations morphed into acute depression which drove him to commit suicide. All my brother needed was a home where he could let go of his depression and receive proper care. All he had needed was to restart his life. The Titilayo Akinwe Restart Program is being established to save the lives of Nigerians who are depressed and need a safe haven where they can heal – mentally and spiritually – without being stigmatized, discriminated against, or abused. Our goal is to establish a Titilayo Restart Program in every state in Nigeria,” explained Mr. Akinwe
The Titilayo Restart Home will serve as a mental health asylum for Nigerians with mental health disorders and a component of a National Mental Health Mandate for Nigeria. The services provided will include:
- Psychiatric evaluations for youths
- Brain health and Nutritional Coaching
- Supplement and medication Management
- Drugs and Alcohol Addiction Recovery
- Internet addiction recovery
- Social media addiction
For further information concerning the Titilayo Restart Program and the creation of a National Mental Health Mandate for Nigeria which is being facilitated by BMAN and the Nigeria International Men’s Day Team, contact Mr Ola Akinwe by either sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Mr. Akinwe at +234 802 301 0608 or +234 815 500 2255. You may also visit BMAN’s website at https://www.bmanadvocacy.org.