We are building on the work we’ve done over last three years, creating vital support services for men and women suffering mental illness, whether they are adjusting to life after recovery from illness, exploring career options after leaving the Neuro-Psychiatric Specialist Hospital, or coping with ongoing illness.
Many of these sufferers will continue to need us for the rest of their lives. We provide ongoing support for the mentally challenged at the Neuro-Psychiatric Specialist Hospital by providing food, medicines, hospital beds, clothing, toiletries and moneythat they absolutely need to live in a dignified, humane manner. We are also working to extend our reach to Kaduna, Lagos, Jos, Abuja and the rest of Nigeria.
Drug Abuse Prevention
We are laying the groundwork for a mental health illness prevention & intervention program specifically targeting students who are abusing psychoactive drugs. Reports from different studies have shown an increasing trend of drug abuse in many African countries (Adelekan et al, 2000). Drug abuse has become a major public healthproblem in most nations of the world, and is becoming a major threat to the next generation of Nigerians.
Cannabis use has been linked to both current and future physical, psychological and social problems. The high prevalence of cannabis consumption and hazardous drinking behaviour among these adolescents together are already having adverse social effects on family, communities and the entire nation. There is a tremendous need, especially for high-risk youth in low-income neighbourhoods, for programs that provide drug-related mental health illness awareness activities during the school hours and throughout the year.