Developing mental health services in Nigeria

The impact of a community-based mental health awareness programme
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Abstract

This grass-roots level mental health awareness programme considerably increased use of community-based mental health services in a part of Nigeria where knowledge about treatability of mental illness was limited. The benefits of the programme were sustained for a significant period after the initial awareness programme. In order for attitude changes to be reinforced, similar awareness programmes must be repeated at regular intervals.

Keywords

community mental health services health education health promotion Africa Nigeria 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CBM National Co-ordination OfficeAbujaNigeria
  2. 2.Federal Neuro-psychiatric HospitalEnuguNigeria

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