By Oludara Ogunbowale
As part of its CSR efforts, Access Bank has partnered the World Health Organization to address the increasing rate of depression in Nigeria.
In an event to create awareness on the issue, tagged ‘Let’s Talk Depression’, held at the Bank’s Head Office, Victoria Island, Lagos, talks were held about the increasing rate of depression, its causes, symptoms and curative measures.
The event was heralded by voice over poetry presentation, animations on depression, presentations from a School of Art, among other side attractions.
Participants at the event included the key personnel of the Bank, teenagers from secondary schools and their teachers, experts of Mental Health from the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Yaba, Lagos and other invited guests.
The coordinator of the World Health Organization in Lagos, Dr. Abidoye Sunday lamented the increasing spate of depression cases reported, noting that there has been a significant increase of more than eighteen percent recorded cases between 2005 and 2015, and continues to rise till date.
He also decried the huge lack of support for people with mental disorders in Nigeria, coupled with the fear of stigmatization.
Dr Sunday maintained that “there be a new approach to treating mental health with the urgency it deserves as more investment in mental health would ultimately lead to better health and more productive economies by countries of the world.”
A speaker at the event, Mrs Nwando stressed the importance of good music as an antidote for depression and advised that people be very mindful of the type of music they listen to.
As part of the concluding phase of the event, the department of General Resource Management of the Bank presented a short Film titled; ‘LIGHTS OUT,’ which was themed around depression.
The film, which was shot, directed and produced by the Accelerate Team, projected the concerns of the society when depression is not handled appropriately within the family.
Dr. Oluwayemi Ogun, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Yaba pleaded with everyone to take proper precautionary approaches to ensuring that their mental health is taken seriously and any deviation in the normalcy of an individual’s mental health be reported immediately.
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