World Mental Health Day 2021: Coping with Mental Disorders
In Nigeria, issues of mental health and its awareness is spreading fast. In the past, naked or half-clothed individuals who roamed the streets or cities formed the perception of mental illness in Nigeria, as these persons were referred to as lunatics because they lived and ate garbage from the streets. Moreover, people widely believed that their condition was incurable; therefore, leading to a lack of adequate treatment.
World Health Organization states that mental health is an essential component of health, as it is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This definition implies that mental health is critical to a person’s ability to think, operate and interact with his environment, earn a living and enjoy life.