As part of efforts to cushion the mental health impact of COVID-19 and curb the increasing rate of depression, Nigeria’s telecommunication company, 9mobile, is holding the maiden edition of a health talk series themed “Covid-19 and the new normal: Staying mentally healthy in the face of the challenges”. The session which will be streamed live on the Instagram page of Instablog9ja on Thursday 25th March 2021 at 7 pm will feature Hauwa Ojeifo, rights advocate and Executive Director at She Writes Woman.
Hauwa Ojeifo popularly tagged as the voice and face of mental health in Nigeria will discuss the concept and scope of mental health, signs, and symptoms, dealing with stigma and trauma associated with mental health, and when and where to get help.
Commenting on the initiative, Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Abdulrahman Ado, remarked that mental health needs to be given top priority, especially in the face of the unprecedented loss, anxiety, and disruption occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said, “As a business that cares about the wellbeing of its customers, it has become imperative for us to champion conversations around the issue of mental health, especially at a time when the world is going through one of the deadliest pandemics in history. Covid-19 has exacted such heavy toll and triggered a spike in stress and anxiety-induced depression in people”.
“It is in light of this that we have teamed up with the Executive Director of She Writes Woman, Hauwa Ojeifo, to facilitate frank conversations around mental, emotional, and psychological health. With the session, we hope to empower Nigerians with the right information on how to respond effectively to issues surrounding mental health. We also hope that this effort will play a significant role in cutting the number of suicide-related deaths resulting from depression, he added.”
While reiterating the company’s continued commitment to initiatives that drive positive change, Ado added that the health talk series aligns with 9mobile’s focus on health as one of its strategic pillars for social intervention.
According to findings by the World Health Organization, an estimated one in eight Nigerians suffer from mental illness. Anxiety is the most common mental illness. Experts believe that with more education and awareness around the issue, people will be informed on how best to manage their mental health and seek timely help where needed.