Mental Health Discourse Goes Social at Social Media Week Lagos


Mental Health Discourse Goes Social at Social Media Week Lagos

On February 26, 2016, Nigeria Health Watch will partner with at a Masterclass during this year’s Social Media Week Lagos, to provoke rigorous discussion on the challenges in mental health attitudes and services in Nigeria.

Over 64 million Nigerians suffer from some form of mental illness. In a world increasingly infiltrated with increased levels of negative stress, images of war, terror, death and destruction, it’s important to think about how the mind processes information and how mental health can be affected by external factors. It is also important to debunk the many prejudices and misconceptions that surround mental illness and mental healthcare in Nigeria.

According to a release by Nigeria Health Watch, the Master Class will have experts from both the medical and religious communities to challenge some of these ingrained perceptions. The experts will discuss topics such as local attitudes towards mental health issues, current misconceptions, and how perceptions of mental illness can be changed to lead to a healthier Nigeria. The course will highlight modern innovations in mental healthcare, including the practice of mental fitness, and positive psychology for safeguarding the minds of our children. It will also include tips on how to use social media and other digital tools to research for valuable help and resources about mental health online. also hosted a masterclass on Autism during last year’s Social Media Week where she shared an innovative method to help the public understand and deal with Autism patients.


To read the full press release and get registration details, CLICK HERE.


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