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Sit-at-home, insecurity causing mental illness – Prof Igwe

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Prof. Monday Igwe, Medical Director, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, says the sit-at-home directive and insecurity are amongst triggers of despair and psychological sickness in Nigeria.

The don informed reporters in Enugu on Monday that elevated psychological sickness instances are being recorded in lots of psychiatric hospitals.

Igwe spoke on the commemoration of the 2021 World Psychological Well being Day underneath the theme: “Psychological well being in an unequal world”.

The professional listed different triggers as COVID-19 results, unemployment, inflation, terrorism, banditry, communal conflicts and kidnapping.

The professor mentioned it’s projected that the necessity for psychological well being and psycho-social help will considerably enhance within the coming months and years.

He famous that funding in psychological well being programmes “is now extra essential than it has ever been”.

Igwe regretted that psychological well being is likely one of the most uncared for areas of public wellbeing.

“One billion individuals are residing with a psychological dysfunction. Three million individuals die yearly from the dangerous use of alcohol, whereas one particular person dies each 40 seconds by suicide”, he mentioned.

Societal stigma, discrimination, and abuse of individuals with psychological well being circumstances have worsened the scenario, Igwe added.

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