On the 14th May 2015, Gede participated at the 8th Annual Stakeholders’ Council meeting of the Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy Foundation in Nigeria held in Ibadan, Oyo State. Participants, mainly members of Civil Society Organisations from the Federal Capital Territory, Abia, Benue, Delta, Kano, Kwara, Ogun and Lagos States presented reports from their various activities in promoting the objectives of the Council.
Discussions covered i) mental health leadership and Advocacy Programme ( mhLAP ) phase two- using anti-stigma campaign and WHO quality rights toolkits, ii) plan of action for coming years, and, iii) funding opportunities including the next phase of Australian Agency for International Development(AusAID) grants supporting the work of the Council.
Participants agreed to the current gaps existing in the promotion of mental health through awareness, advocacy and treatment and called for more representation of the group on the national level. Gede was invited and welcomed into the Council due to its relevance in the objectives of the group and recognised within its key role in promoting mental health through research, advocacy and policy influence. It is expected that a synergy between the council and the CSO coalition chaired by Gede in the FCT will enhance the needed collaboration supporting national response for mental health treatment and care.