On May 22, 2014, twelve civil society organizations met to discuss the “Implications of the National Policy on Mental Health Services Delivery” and the role of CSOs in promoting its implementation. A second meeting was held on the 19th August 2014 to discuss the next steps in addressing mental health issues in Nigeria.
The group agreed to form a coalition that will advocate for accessible and quality treatment services, reduce stigma through awareness and education, conduct research, and push for policy implementation. Representatives from Civil Society Organizations attended and participated in the deliberations and set criteria for membership.
The coalition, now known as “Mental Health Coalition Nigeria”, calls on all groups and professional associations interested in promoting mental health, addressing mental health issues, and advocating for the rights of people with mental health problems to join the coalition.
Please contact Godwin Etim of Gede Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.