Family breakdown, cause of mental disorders – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the rise in mental health cases may be linked to family breakdown.

Sanwo-Olu, speaking at the Lagos Mental Health Conference held on Tuesday, said families have a major role to play in order to tackle addiction which has had a negative impact on citizens.

The Governor, represented by his deputy, Mr. Obafemi Hamzat, noted that mental health was one of the still largely unrecognized societal issues.

He said: “The threat of drug addiction is on the rise and will likely become a national epidemic if we fail to deal with it. Many of us have heard of or personally know people who have lost their lives to suicide. This weighs heavily on our society.

“If we say that health is not just the absence of disease but a person’s state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, it means that there is no health without health mental. Reducing stigma against people living with mental health disorders is a priority in the state’s development program for health, which aims to ensure that every citizen has access to effective and efficient health care. durable.

“It’s best as a society to understand that the biggest challenge is family breakdown. Drug addiction is tied to how we raise our children and wards these days. As parents and families, we must take care of our children; we need to know what they are doing and understand the things they focus on in the schools and other places they visit. Family breakdown has a huge impact on mental disorders all over the world. It is important for us as families to take care of our homes.

He described the measures taken by the government to effectively tackle depression, drug addiction and stress caused by the fact that Lagos is a megacity.

“We have laid the foundation for the development of sustainable mental health programs and services that will ensure a good long-term health outcome. This will enable the state to become one of the forerunners in delivering sustainable, efficient and effective mental health services to the citizens of Lagos and other parts of our country due to the influx of migration to Lagos.

“We are working with sectors, private organizations, non-governmental organizations and many others to create a strong network of operations, facilities and programs that will help address some of these challenges. As part of this strategy, we have integrated mental health care into general hospitals and primary health care centers,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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