Researchers Hold out Hope for Mental Health Patients

Hope of recovery from mental health challenges is gradually coming the way of patients suffering from psycho social problems as a team of mental health researchers have further synergized to combat the menace through Support Comprehensive Care and Empowerment, otherwise known as SUCCEED Africa.

The programme which came to the fore through a zoom conference was held at the Paul Hendrich Lecture Theatre, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan. 

The joint approach, which was the initiative of the Department of Psychiatry and alumni of the department, is designed to involve religious bodies, psycho social patients, and co researchers across the continent and Oyo State.

In their separate goodwill messages, child and adolescent mental health researchers from Ghana, association of mental health professionals from East Africa and allied professionals from Malawi, Sierra Leone and Nigeria commended the team of researchers for the initiative and pledged to support the move so as to see the light of the day.

In her remark the Provost College of Medicine, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Professor Olayinka Omigbodun, said the percentage of patients suffering mental health was alarming in Nigeria, hence the need to adopt multidimensional approach to overcome the societal ills.

Professor Omigbodun, who said the condition of mental patients is further aggravated through stigmatization and alienation, noted that the team of researchers would adopt inclusive mechanism for psycho social patient so as to enable the researchers generate data.

The provost added that the patients would not only be given treatment but also empowered so as to contribute to development of the society.

In an interview, the co-investigator, SUCCEED Africa, Dr Olubukola Omobowale, urged members of the public and relations of mental ill patients to have a change of attitude toward mental patients in the society.

Dr Omobowale who said SUCCEED Africa is a six years programme noted that mental patient would be reduced in Nigeria and sub sahara through the project.  

Rotimi Famakin  

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