Mental wellness experts take awareness to Magodo residents
Medical Director, Tranquil and Quest, Dr. Otefe Edebi, has said awareness and literacy plays a crucial role in mental wellness and healthcare delivery because early presentation and detection leads to early intervention.
Edebi made the remarks during Magodo Residents’ Association (MRA) Mental Awareness seminar with the theme “See the Unseen”.
Stressing that literacy can change the whole picture of the menace, he said pushing the boarders of mental awareness and literacy should focus on depression and substance abuse.
“Statistics shows that depression is number three cause of death globally among ages 14-29. If people begin to identify that what they are struggling from is depression, then they can seek help. Literacy and awareness is a huge tool in healthcare,” said Edebi.
The Tranquil and Quest boss advised the public to seek help when challenges affect how they function or when there may be risk for harm or destructive behaviour either to themselves or to others, especially if the behaviour is repeated for a long time.
Similarly, Consultant Psychiatrist, Lagos State University Hospital (LUTH), Dr. Kehinde Sodimu, said there is a thin line between normal and abnormal behaviour.
She explained, “For instance, hearing voices of people we cannot see do happen to normal people but the difference now is with psychiatrics’ symptoms. After all these symptoms, they attribute it to people and they become paranoid. Once work, relationship, family and social functioning are affected it becomes an abnormal symptom.”
Sodimu highlighted that mental health is somehow hidden unlike other physical diseases. “It is there but people won’t see it. They think they can manage themselves. What we are doing is bringing mental health to the fore so that people can easily identify the symptoms and seek help,” she added.
She said: “We are here today to educate people and increase awareness on mental health and its concerns going along with the theme. In preventing mental health, we should check our family history to know if there is genetic mental issue. If you are not sleeping well and you feel stressed up why not see a physiatrist.”
Committee Chairperson, MRA, Waleola Bello said it is a huge honour to contribute to the societal issues of abuse, emotional imbalance, suicidal tendencies and individual productivity of the community and its members.
She noted that the community is positive about the initiation towards creating an environment of mental wellness and balance amongst youths and loved ones.