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…

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…

Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework Development Workshop

On March 28th and 29th, the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with key stakeholders including the Centre for Health Ethics, Law, and Development (CHELD), convened a two-day workshop aimed at developing a National Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework for Nigeria. The workshop was attended by mental health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and advocates who came together…

Capacity Building on Victim-Centred and Rights-Based Approaches in The Provision of Services to Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime and a violation of the fundamental human rights of the victims. The five (5) states in the northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria have witnessed a surge in cross-border human trafficking and exploitation due to the large and mostly unmanned borders some of these States share with the Niger Republic. These…

International Women’s Day: DigitAll: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality

On this year’s International Women’s Day, we reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality in the health and development sectors. We stand with women and girls around the world and celebrate their incredible resilience and strength. This year’s theme, DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality, highlights the power of technology to accelerate progress towards…

Enhancing Cross-Border Co-operation on Border Management and Counter Trafficking Between Niger and Nigeria

In continuation of CHELD’s training activities for organizations (state and non-state actors) providing services to Victims of Trafficking in the Northwest, with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), we conducted a 4-day training in Kano State.   The aim of the training was to equip services with basic knowledge of service provision through…