Shocking figures of Nigerians with mental disorder released

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Today is World Mental Health Day (WMHD), and psychiatrists have raised the alarm that one in four Nigerians, over 50 million Nigerians, are suffering from a mental disorder.

Over 50 million Nigerians, or people, are affected by one or more mental illnesses.

Mental Disorder
Mental Disorder

Additionally, they claimed that about 75% of people who require mental health care do not have access to it because Nigeria only has 300 psychiatrists to care for about 200 million people. They added that this is one psychiatrist for every 500,000 people in Africa, 100 times less than the WHO's recommendation.

Every year on October 10, World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is observed to promote global awareness of mental health issues and mobilize support for individuals affected by them. Since 2013, WHO has organized an international campaign for WMHD every year.

This year’s theme, as announced by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is ‘Make mental health for all a global priority.’

Psychiatrists estimate that 11 per 100,000 people die by suicide each year in Africa, which is higher than the global average of 9 per 100,000. However, they provided advice on how to stop the issue of suicide and mental illness in Africa.

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