A Legal Examination of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Nigeria

Introduction The ability to lead happy lives is intricately tied to our mental health, a vital component of human well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act daily. It also influences our relationships, productivity, and overall quality of life.[1] Unfortunately, mental health issues are a global concern,[2] and one of the gravest consequences of…

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Implementing the National Mental Health Act: A Focus on Suicide and Attempted Suicide

The House of Representatives Committee on Specialty Healthcare chaired by Hon. Dr. Alex Egbona held an interactive session with stakeholders on the need to prioritize and implement the provisions of the Mental Health Act to tackle suicide and suicidality in Nigeria. Stakeholders from the government, neuropsychiatric hospitals, professional associations, the development sector, and civil society…

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Implementation of the National Mental Health Act 2021: Urgent Call for the Establishment of the Department of Mental Health Services and the Composition of the Mental Health Assessment Committee

1.1           Introduction Prior to the operational commencement of the National Mental Health Act 2021 on 28th December 2022, the Lunacy Act 1958[1] regulated mental health disorders in Nigeria. The Lunacy Act 1958 began as a lunacy Ordinance 1916. The quest for comprehensive mental health legislation that aligns with contemporary best practices can be traced to…

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Single-Use Plastic Ban in Lagos: Implications for Public Health and Climate Change

Recently the Lagos state government placed a ban on Styrofoam and other single-use plastic products. The ban aims to curtail the environmental menace these products constitutes in the State. Widely used throughout the State by canteens, cafeterias and other types of food sellers serving the 20- million population of the one of the most densely…

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Nigeria’s Path to Vision 2030 on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) The destructive traditional practice known as female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the removal of the external female genitalia entirely or in part, along with other injuries to the female genital organs performed for non-medical reasons. Each country has its justifications for female genital mutilation (FGM) even though female genital mutilation (FGM)…

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The Urgency of Suicide Prevention in Nigeria: A Call to Address Mental Health Challenges Amidst Economic Crisis

The recent tragic incident involving the suicide of 32-year-old banker Amarachi Ugochukwu has brought to light the pressing need for increased awareness and action regarding mental health issues, particularly within the workplace. The distressing note left by Amarachi included concerns about the state of the economy and the resultant hardship she was facing as well…

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