Stop stigmatisation of mental health patients, Psychiatrist charges Nigerians


mental health

Says social stigma breeds institutionalised stigma, discrimination

By Sola Ogundipe

As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day, October 10, Nigerians have been urged to shun all active and passive acts of stigma and discrimination against people with mental health disorders saying it does more harm than good.

Africa’s premier celebrity psychiatrist and leading mental health advocate and coach, Dr Maymunah Kadiri, who called for an end to stigmatisation of people with mental illnesses, explained that social stigma, if not checked, often leads to institutionalised stigma and discrimination against mental health patients.

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