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1. Introduction Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) is Nigeria’s largest and most active mental health non-profit network that exists to provide the needed awareness and advocacy regarding mental health and illness in the country. At MANI, we help connect people seeking help with trusted mental health professionals, offer  direct counseling via our suicide/distress hotlines and act as...
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In the past 2 years+, MANI has led monthly campaigns for mental health issues, with a focus on one core issue per month, leading to varying increase in Mental health awareness and literacy levels of millions of Nigerians. And while we will yet still, strive to continue to provide basic and simplified information about mental...
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This January, we joined lived experience advocates, NGO representatives, creatives and strategic partners from around the world in Johannesburg, South Africa to co-create a citizen-led campaign calling for greater action on mental health worldwide. Representing Nigeria, we came together with 80 other participants from 14 countries, alongside creatives and Global Strategic Partners. Representatives came from...
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Most times when people hear the terms “substance abuse” and “drug addiction”, they think they are the same thing and are synonymous to each other. Well, they aren’t. This article will give an insight on their actual meanings and their relationship with each other. SUBSTANCE ABUSE, WHAT’S THAT ABOUT? The World Health Organization defines substance...
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My close circle can detail me accurately in a specific aspect, I am an enthusiast of Television Series. Running at the moment is The Resident, my top pick, a medical drama which beams its lens on the leaps and giant strides that has been achieved in the health industry and how technological innovations is playing...
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When gloom helps The melody is set on repeat My depression dancing to its beat The darkness only I can see It be, the light to my depression When gloom helps The rhythm is racing with my mind Drowning my mind farther even into this gloom The clouds covered with gloom hovered all around me...
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“I’ve drank gallons of holy water. I’ve had my hair shaved. I have dozens of incisions on my scalp filled with burnt herbs. I’ve taken so much antibiotics and pain killers that they’d probably have grown out of me if they could, all because I have Bipolar Disorder. “All these were before I was properly...
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My therapist asks me to tell him how my week went I start with Sunday at church I tell him of how I danced in church that day & mother smiled for the first time in a while I was sure she thought I was dancing off my demons I tell him of how the...
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P.S. I wrote this in an episode. Bear with me if it seems jumbled or too ‘everything’ at once. Someone once described to me what having bipolar disorder should look like. He told me what he felt Bipolar Disorder should look like, and how I look very ‘non-bipolar’. Till date, I still don’t understand all...
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They say ignorance is not an excuse in law. But there are certain offences or crimes that no one needs to be told that it’s wrong. One of such is murder. In the hierarchy of crimes, murder probably ranks high,very high. If not highest. It’s consequence ranges from equal death, life in prison or very...
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