Surely,the effect of Corona virus had been felt across every circus of life,however it’s effect may not be able to me measured fully even while the pandemic is still actively going on.
Dr Abdulmalik Jubril of the Department of Psychiatry,College of Medicine,UI spoke at a one-day online training on mental health and suicide reportage for media practitioners in commemoration of the World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2020.It was organised by the WHO Collaborating Centre of Excellence in Mental Health Neuroscience and Substance Use Disorders, University of Ibadan, and the Department of Psychiatry, UCH/College of Medicine, the University of Ibadan in partnership with the Asido Foundation and StableMums.
He said “nearly a million people die from suicide every year and equating to about one suicide death every 40 seconds.”
The mental health expert declared that mental illness and suicide are increasingly common in Nigeria even as one in every four Nigerian stands a risk of developing a mental health problem during their lifetime.He also stated that mental illness can occur across the lifespan from children through adulthood into old age, are treatable and individuals affected can recover and live normal lives, Dr Abdulmalik declared that there is a lot of ignorance, shame stigma and misunderstanding around mental ill-health in the country.
He declared that although mental health is an integral and important part of health in Nigeria and with millions of Nigerians affected, the law regulating its practice, Lunacy Act of 1958, is obsolete.
However,Dr Abdulmalik,urged the media to help to change the negative portrayals of mental ill-health as the consequence of the spiritual attack, or the handiwork of evil-doers.