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…

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…

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…

2023 Mental Health Day: CHELD Sensitises Students on Balancing Studies with Mental Health Needs

As part of its activities to mark the 2023 World Mental Health Day, CHELD organised an interactive session with students of Kuramo Senior College, VI to teach them the importance of balancing their academic demands with their mental well-being.   Some of the topics covered during the session include: overview of mental health, its myths,…

World Mental Health Day 2023 Awareness Walk, University of Uyo

CHELD partnered with the students of the psychology department, University of Uyo to organise an awareness walk to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The purpose was to sensitise the students and the entire community on the importance of mental health to a person’s overall well-being. The walk commenced at the Department of Psychology and traversed…

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…