Whilst health has scarcely ever been a Legislative priority in Nigeria, mental health in particular has received an infinitesimal level of attention in law and policy making.
The Lunacy Act, dating from a 1916 Ordinance, is the extant federal law on mental health. Although it provides a process for involuntary commitment, its references to ‘lunatics’ ‘idiots’ and ‘asylums’ and provisions relating to the ‘arrests’ of persons suspected to be mentally ill, are discriminatory.
What needs to change with regard to the Law and Mental Health in Nigeria? Find out in this informative policy brief.