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SDF Urges Nigerians To Adopt Periodic Mental Health Check-Ups

The Secure-D-Future International Initiative (SDF), an NGO, is counselling Nigerians to accept and implement periodic mental health check-ups in order to help tackle the increasing suicide and depression rate in the country.

Mrs. Sa’adatu Adamu, the Founder of the organisation, gave the charge during the second Abuja Counsellors Summit and Expo in Abuja, titled “Assessment, Method and Application of Counselling”.

Adamu said that counselling was expedient as it tends to focus on helping deviants in the society and also tackle the alarming suicide and depression rate in the country.

According to her, mental health comes in any form and leads to depression, suicide and self-harm.

“It is important for Nigerians to embrace mental check-ups and engage in therapy. Counselling is very important because counsellors work in rehabilitation centres, welfare offices, schools and hospitals in our communities.

“If you hear the stories we get regularly from schools, you will know that there is a need to really have these professionals around us. We hear stories of dysfunctional families, where children pick little things they see from other children and begin to act on them.

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“I believe that counselling is very important in every aspect of our life; parents and children need counselling and we need to shun stigmatising mental health patients,” she said.

However, she called on parents to develop a good channel of communication and relationships with their children to enable them to know their mental health status for a better future.

The SDF founder also added that there were lots of mental health issues in the society, hence there is a need for government to come up with policies that could address the menace in the country.

The Chairperson of the Summit Committee, Mrs Hasiya Adamu-Biu, said there was a need for every Nigerian to always consult a counsellor whenever they are faced with challenges.

Adamu-Biu maintained that there are issues in Nigeria that affect our mental state, that are temporary which could be addressed by visiting a mental health counsellor within us.

According to her, there is a new mental health and Counsellors Act aimed at teaching counsellors how to use their profession to help address mental health challenges in the country.

The Head of Department, Guidance and Counselling, FCT Education Research Centre (ERC) Laison Officer, Mr. Yahaya Abdulawahab, disclosed that the summit was aimed at training counsellors to meet world best practices in the profession.

He noted that the government has developed an Occupational Interest Inventory in FCT schools, which counsellors use to admit and place students in their appropriate subjects.