World Mental Health Day: NGO donates to Akure psychiatric hospital
A Non Governmental Orgainisation (MGO) Carry My Cross (CMC) based in United Kingdom, has donated mattresses, television to the people living with mental disorder at the Ondo State Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
Speaking while presenting the materials, the founder of the organisation, Bar. Rotimi Elijah Ogunsanmi, said the donation which has no political undertone or for any economic reason, but was organized in honour of her late mother Mrs. Mobalaji Ogunsanmi who he said suffered mental decease while she was alive.
Ogunsanmi who is also the founder and president of Mercy for Life Foundation (MLF), Nigeria, was represented at the occasion by one of the representatives of the organisation in Nigeria, Mr. Abiodun Ogunsanmi, said the donation is part of the activities of the foundation to mark the 2017 edition of the World Mental Health Day.
He charge members of the public to shun any act of stigmatization against the mentally derailed people, however solicited for the assistant of members of the public in achieving the goals and objectives of the organisation which he mentioned to include, restoration, strengthen and given comfort to the victims, saying that the move would enable God plan in their lives to be fulfill.
He called on the governments at all level to always channel courses that would reduce mental depression in the country, noted that economic situation of the nation contributes a lot to the challenges being faced by the citizenry which according to him most times leads to mental illness.
Earlier, in an address delivered by one of the members of the organization, Erelu Modupe Martins, lauded the organisation over what she called its passion in the promotion of positive mental health awareness and status in the country.
She explained further that the recent study of World Health Organization ( WHO) showed that the total depression and anxiety cost the global economy of about 1trillion each year. While advocating for an urgent need to educate members of the society about mental illness, saying the move would enable the mentally derailed persons to explain their experiences freely in the public.
In his goodwill message, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, represented by a Director in the ministry, commended the organisation over the donation, he explained that Ondo State Government would always do everything at its disposal to ensure that victims of the mental decease are well taken care of.
In a lecture delivered by a consultant at the Psychiatrist Specialist Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State Dr, Ola Ibigbami, spoke extensively on the theme of this celebration entitled: “mental health in the workplace” urged the employers and as well their representatives to make it a point of duty to always promote the interest of their establishment as it can be achieved without being malevolent to guide against malfunctioning of any of their staff.
Similarly, in his welcome address, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Neuro-Psychiatric Specialist Hospital Akure, Dr. Sunday Sajo, thanked the organisation for the donations which he said would go a long way in providing sucour to the victims.
The CMD explained that workplace can act as etiological factor as well as protective factor particularly in a workplace that promotes good mental health practices and has tools for early recognition and identification of mental health problems as this can establish links local mental health services for referral, treatment and rehabilitation.
The highlight of the event held at the premises of the hospital, located along Oda road in Akure was the donation of the materials by the representatives of the organisation. It was attended by top government officials, traditional rulers, students from health institutions across the state as well as staffers of the hospital.
As part the celebration, similar donations also held at Uzelu Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Uzelu, Benin City, Edo State where Çarry My Cross donated substantial amount of money directly to the mentally challenged people and their children. The founder of the organisation was represented by Pastor Alade Moses Adeniyi and Barrister Cynthia Okhidemeh.
Also as part of the the celebration, a rally organized by the organisation was held in Akure, a day preceding the celebration. The carnival-like rally which took off from the hospital in Akure and terminated at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital Akure where fliers and posters were distributed to sensitize the publics on the need to shun stigmatization with people living with mental disorder.
Carry my cross organisation have spent millions of Naira in the last three years alone building vital support services for men and women suffering mental illness.
The mentally challenged at the Neuro-psychiatric Specialist hospital in Ondo State, Nigeria, by providing food, medicines, Hospital beds and everything else these desperate people require, including clothing, toiletries and money.