9mobile Health Talk Series Addresses Mental Health Issues Using a Fact-Based Approach

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In continuation of its ongoing efforts to raise public awareness and sensitize the public about health-related issues, Nigeria’s caring telecom brand, 9mobile, held the fifth edition of its health talk series, with the theme of discussion centered on Mental health; the myth, the challenge, and recovery.

Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri, Africa’s leading mental health advocate and coach, facilitated the session, which was live streamed on the @healthertainer Instagram handle. In her presentation, she debunked myths about mental health issues and, more importantly, what the recovery process entails, defining mental health as the ability to be productive, fruitful, and able to give back to society.


While dispelling some myths, she stated that mental illness does not have a spiritual undertone, as many people are led to believe, especially in our climate. According to her submission, mental health falls under the category of noncommunicable diseases.


“Some of the risk vulnerability factors include; death of one’s parent or loved ones, divorce in families, domestic violence, positive history of mental illness, and of course, societal pressure, which can be attributed to the harsh socio-economic realities in the country,” she said, enumerating some of the stress factors that could trigger mental illness.


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She concluded with a strong call for prompt intervention, saying, “It is important to recognize that mental illness is real and, as a result, seek ways to address the challenges rather than living in self-denial.” There is both good and bad news about mental illness: The good news is that it is defeatable, treatable, and manageable, with assistance readily available for a speedy recovery. However, the bad news is that the longer you wait to seek medical attention, the more complicated things can become.”


In response to the session, 9mobile’s Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado, who was represented by 9mobile’s Public Relations Lead, Chineze Amanfo, reiterated that mental health issues should be prioritized, particularly among the productive population.


“Mental health is a critical issue that requires attention,” he said. 9mobile will continue to raise awareness of the issue in order to promote a healthier and safer society for all. As a result, we are delighted that the health talk series for 2022 has begun on a high note, with a focus on mental well-being, which is critical for optimal productivity. This is one of the reasons we prioritize health as a strategic pillar of corporate social responsibility (CSR).”