Developing mental health services in Nigeria

The impact of a community-based mental health awareness programme
  • Julian Eaton
  • Ahamefula O. Agomoh


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.


community mental health services health education health promotion Africa Nigeria 



The Amaudo Itumbauzo Mental Health Awareness Programme was funded by Comic Relief (a UK-based charitable funding body) as a 3 year project. It was run in partnership with the governments of Abia, Imo, and Ebonyi States. We are grateful to the participating Community Psychiatric Nurses, Village Health Workers and Amaudo and government staff.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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