Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to see a new Nigeria where mental health awareness is top notch and behavioral disorders are treated as a disease and people can easily access professional help and care.
It's all part of making a better world.
People will have access to professional counselling and mental services without fear of stigma. People with clinical depression can get easily get help, which will check the increasing suicide rate.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by the youth who are mainly affected by the current economic situation in the country. Also women and children especially those who suffer abuse of any kind. Finally, proffesionals whose emotional wellbeing are likely to be ignored by virtue of their position in society.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
A new and improved school counselling system.
Nationwide campaign on mental health awareness.
Improved youths productivity.
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
I would regard my vision as successful if by the end of the exercise majority of Nigerians can be able to identify a behavioral disorder and willingly seek professional help. Again when our mental health facilities and their patrons are not regarded in a derogatory manner. This is another factor that prevents most people from seeking help.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?