Mental Health Legislation and Policy: Role in Surving the Pandemic

Mental Health legislation and policy are official statement by the government or health authority that provides the overall direction for mental health by defining a vision, value, principles, objectives and providing a broad model for action to achieve. It
component includes Advocacy, It vision towards promotion, preventions, treatment, rehabilitation.. Covid19 pandemic like other situations of crisis (natural or Man- made disaster) is a time of significant stress, notably associated with the uncertainty regarding possible duration and discovery of a cure. Thus the stress cuts across all categories, with the lockdown and movement restriction In many places depression harmful alcohol and drug use or suicide maybe on the increase. Thus mental health care delivery may be bolstered by increased funding and and large empowered workforce.

The united nation policy brief and the need for mental health by UN secretary general highlighted the most affected by Covid19 are the front liners health care workers, older people , adolescent, and young people. A key part of the UN appeal is for mental health care to be incorporated into all covenants stating that such a move could help fasten proper health care delivery and diminish mental health crisis. With the outbreak of novel corona virus disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome which prompted a heightened public mental health crisis that led to uncertain incubation period that fostered fear, also unprecedented quarantine measures ,confining residents to their home which are likely to
have negative psychological effect, not forgetting an abundance of misinformation which poses a major risk to public health .On the basis of the effect of corona virus on residents , the national health commission of china released a notification on January 26 2020,providing a guiding principles of the emergency psychological crisis intervention to
reduce the psychological effect of the covid19 outbreak. This notification specified that psychological crisis intervention should be part of public health response to the covid19 outbreak, organized by joint prevention and control mechanism at the city, municipal and provincial level and the intervention should be differentiated by groups. The intervention workforce comprises psychological outreach team led by psychiatrist and mental health professionals and psychological support hotlines team. An attachment to this notification outlined the key intervention target for groups, confirmed patient for covid19 who refuses to seek care and susceptible person in general .The release of such policy guidance
acknowledges china recognition of public health.

In conclusion, the 2006 WHO aim report on mental health system in Nigeria made some telling revelations. I t reports that the existing mental health policy document in Nigeria was formulated in 1991, since it formulation no revision has taken place nor any formal assessment and only four percent of government expenditure on health is earmarked for mental health. Thus the mental health policy which comprises of health sector through primary care, good guidelines and partnership will go a long way in reducing mortality and surviving the pandemic.

98 Comments

  • Sesugh Iortyom
    Posted September 30, 2020 12:29 am 12Likes

    A great write up. The earlier Nigeria domesticates the UN mental health policies. The fight against this challenge will remain a mirage.

    • usar ishoon
      Posted September 30, 2020 7:32 am 1Likes

      Well said, this write up is a wake up call to the Nigeria legislative body,they either awaken to domesticate and regulate the UN mental policy, the fight would remain one of defeat in place of victory.

  • WANDOO
    Posted September 30, 2020 12:52 am 5Likes

    Apt!

  • WANDOO
    Posted September 30, 2020 12:53 am 6Likes

    This shows us how mental health legislation policy will help the world

    • Bamidele 505
      Posted September 30, 2020 8:56 am 0Likes

      There’s need for public enlightenment as regards mental health and the government has a big role to play when it comes to this

    • physco
      Posted September 30, 2020 7:49 pm 0Likes

      I totally agree with this

    • jojoo
      Posted September 30, 2020 8:14 pm 0Likes

      Yes, mental health is an issue everyone should take seriously.

    • hclassic
      Posted September 30, 2020 9:39 pm 1Likes

      Yes very true

    • marysmile
      Posted October 1, 2020 7:46 am 0Likes

      Mental health is a subject that needs broader emphasis

    • eneojo
      Posted October 1, 2020 8:19 am 0Likes

      Indeed mental health policy will be of help to the whole world

    • Doofan
      Posted October 2, 2020 1:10 pm 0Likes

      This is awesome and it utterly underscores the importance of mental health.The mental health policy will definitely do a lot of good in our nation.

    • Snazzyjj
      Posted October 2, 2020 1:54 pm 0Likes

      Nice Good

  • Michael
    Posted September 30, 2020 6:38 am 1Likes

    A wonderful writeup..mental health in nigeria has not really been giving enough attention in nigeria.it legislative policy in.covid time would have gone a long way

  • Karen B
    Posted September 30, 2020 6:59 am 0Likes

    Beautifully written and apt. The mental health policy will go a long way in impacting our Nation positively

  • ogilegwu maureen oteh
    Posted September 30, 2020 7:20 am 0Likes

    This is an amazing write up!

  • Princeocheje
    Posted September 30, 2020 7:40 am 0Likes

    This is germane. Its a wonderful writeup. Don’t ever drop your pen.

  • BaronLexis
    Posted September 30, 2020 7:54 am 0Likes

    Apt and well articulated

  • Lloyd Flokz
    Posted September 30, 2020 7:57 am 0Likes

    Nigeria has never put much interest in the mental health of the people, shout out to the few NGOs who focus on that. The Government putting focus on mental health, will help reduce mental struggles, especially amongst youths.

  • Sardauna001
    Posted September 30, 2020 8:19 am 0Likes

    Nice writeup

  • Ogbap
    Posted September 30, 2020 8:51 am 0Likes

    Great articulated write-up #Mental_health_care_should_be_incorporated_into_all covenant

  • phanentech
    Posted September 30, 2020 9:00 am 0Likes

    Great write-up
    It’s informative,
    It’s so clean to me now that mental health legislation policy will really go a long way in helping the entire world

  • Yima Chief
    Posted September 30, 2020 9:05 am 0Likes

    Policy formulation must always, always be backed by implementation for it to yield it’s end result. Great report.

  • Abiodun
    Posted September 30, 2020 9:12 am 0Likes

    A strong and functional mental health policy should translate into a more efficient, integrated and accessible mental health care services for the generality of people and result in a decrease in the treatment gap for mental disorders

  • sir p
    Posted September 30, 2020 9:16 am 0Likes

    God will bless you for this write up…More grace..Fantastic

  • Mercy okwu
    Posted September 30, 2020 9:30 am 0Likes

    Beautiful write up. There is need to shed more light on the issue of mental health in Nigeria ..this policy will really be helpful

  • Tee
    Posted September 30, 2020 9:48 am 0Likes

    So true… Nigeria has to take this mental health legislative policy up if we want to really help our people.

  • oloja ene
    Posted September 30, 2020 10:13 am 0Likes

    Nice piece, this is really great

  • ChefNuel
    Posted September 30, 2020 10:55 am 0Likes

    Very nice write up, mental is a critical aspect of people’s lives and Nigeria government need to put more consideration to it when regarding the health sector of the nation.

  • Gabriel
    Posted September 30, 2020 11:00 am 0Likes

    Trends like this has been neglected over the years. Mental Health is something crucial and should be given strict attention to. Great write-up.

  • Otor Abraham
    Posted September 30, 2020 11:13 am 0Likes

    Wow! This is amazing.with this the mental health policy which comprises of health sector through primary care, good guidelines and partnership will indeed go a long way in reducing mortality and surviving the pandemic. And this will help Nigeria a very great deal

  • Shamimi
    Posted September 30, 2020 11:43 am 0Likes

    I love it. Straight to the point. The most populated African Country is still backwards in its health legislations. What a pity❗️

  • Emmilex Jace
    Posted September 30, 2020 12:13 pm 0Likes

    You captured it well. There is absolutely needs to put the interest of the front liners at the fore of our policies.

  • Blessed Ben
    Posted September 30, 2020 12:13 pm 0Likes

    In times like these when humanity faces the worst of evils; a creeping pandemic that has killed over a million, there’s no gainsaying that the psyche of millions has been negatively affected. From the people who have lost loved ones to the health workers who are in the Frontline, mental health has been negatively affected. This brilliant article aptly explains the role of mental health legislation is surviving pandemics. Great work!!

  • Job
    Posted September 30, 2020 12:13 pm 0Likes

    Great writeup, we need more policies like this so we can progress.

  • feranmisax
    Posted September 30, 2020 12:28 pm 0Likes

    This is a very good write up. We need to start paying attention to this more in our country because it’s going to really help us.

  • seun
    Posted September 30, 2020 12:40 pm 0Likes

    A piece worthy of note.

  • The Jurist
    Posted September 30, 2020 1:06 pm 0Likes

    A nice piece of work.

  • Oche ochete
    Posted September 30, 2020 1:53 pm 0Likes

    Lovely write up
    The mental health of citizen should be a crucial concern for the government to focus on
    It should be in consideration when the government addresses the health sector

  • wa_le
    Posted September 30, 2020 2:38 pm 0Likes

    Great piece..learnt a lot reading this thank you.

  • martinssam
    Posted September 30, 2020 4:27 pm 0Likes

    Wonderful write-up dear. I think people have lost understanding about what mental health means and it should be a crucial and major concern of the government to even educate our parents or better still remind them of the kind of impart they give their children mentally

  • Jonathan Isah
    Posted September 30, 2020 5:45 pm 0Likes

    Nothing frustrates a good plan like a bad law. And Never a time in human history have we needed innovations and supporting policies to be at the same pace.

    And to have someone remind is of this gradually depleting niche that pertains to life and well being and in such a clear, concise and apt manner is simply amazing!

  • oyiga
    Posted September 30, 2020 6:37 pm 0Likes

    A great piece

  • Boluwatife J
    Posted September 30, 2020 6:52 pm 0Likes

    Very well written. Discussions on mental health in Nigeria are somewhat viewed from a rather shallow perspective. With laws like this, mental health could become a thing of utmost importance to the government..someday.

  • St.Julian
    Posted September 30, 2020 7:56 pm 0Likes

    An enlightening and timely exposé regarding an emerging problem in the world. It also serves an eye opener to everyone as to the importance of mental health. The government should also take matters of public health seriously by promoting mental health awareness and treatment.

  • Gabriel Joy
    Posted September 30, 2020 9:57 pm 0Likes

    Awesome! Mental health is an area needing serious attention. A lot would change for good if Policy making alone is not equated as a panacea for any issue, policies must always be followed by practical strategies to ensure implementation. Nice write up!

  • Prince
    Posted September 30, 2020 11:40 pm 0Likes

    A working mental health policy would have far reaching benefits

  • Allen
    Posted October 1, 2020 1:05 am 0Likes

    It’s is often said that, the mental wellbeing of a person determines how far he/she goes..
    This is indeed a wake up call to our Government to embrace the culture of taking mental health serious.
    Wonderful writeup👍🏽

  • Abraham
    Posted October 1, 2020 1:44 am 0Likes

    Well said. Mental Health Legislation is key is fighting this challenge!

  • jakes
    Posted October 1, 2020 8:14 am 0Likes

    Aptly captured! I see this to be a timely enlightenment to the general public about mental health. This will go a long way to helping individuals across the nation and will definitely salvage some glaring challenges in this area.

  • val4real
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:11 am 0Likes

    The public need to be aware about the mental health issues out there

  • Chief Dooyum
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:14 am 0Likes

    Aptly captured. The need for legislations on mental health of youths needs not to be overemphasized. Nice piece

  • Iortim Jerome
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:34 am 0Likes

    This is awesome.
    Very apt and clear. The importance of mental policies in Nigeria can not be overemphasized. It is time we adopt this policies!!!

    This write up is coming at a very right time

  • ISA
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:35 am 0Likes

    Apt!
    Well penned and articulated!

  • Terna
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:42 am 0Likes

    Apt!!!!
    This is the time Nigeria needs the mental health Policies!!!!

    Thanks so much for this write up!!!

  • JAY JAY
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:51 am 0Likes

    Nice write up.

    This is the time Nigerians!!!

  • Sixtus
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:56 am 0Likes

    Apt.
    Thanks so much for this enlightenment!!

  • Iortim Jerome Terna
    Posted October 1, 2020 10:04 am 0Likes

    This is wonderful!!!!!

    Thanks

  • Terfa
    Posted October 1, 2020 10:09 am 0Likes

    This is wonderful and worthy reading!!!!

    Thanks so much.

  • kentiter
    Posted October 1, 2020 11:05 am 0Likes

    Truely a wonderful write up.

  • Nathaniel
    Posted October 1, 2020 12:13 pm 0Likes

    Incredible Composition!!!
    Until a nation begin to fully formulate and implement Mental health policies, it will continue to wallow in shackles..
    This writeup is just timely and accurate!

  • OluB
    Posted October 1, 2020 3:02 pm 0Likes

    This essay is wonderful. The mental health of many individuals have been affected by the pandemic. This is an area not to be neglected by the government.

  • Henitan
    Posted October 1, 2020 4:06 pm 0Likes

    Amazing write up

  • Legend Agim
    Posted October 1, 2020 4:27 pm 0Likes

    Well said 👍👍👍

  • Miss Agafie
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:48 pm 0Likes

    Mental Health care system in Nigeria as regards the pandemic has no better way to be expressed than this and a proper Enlightenment will do the world more good!!! Big ups!!

  • Baron
    Posted October 1, 2020 9:50 pm 1Likes

    Impeccable!!

  • Ene Ochayi
    Posted October 1, 2020 10:39 pm 0Likes

    Amazing. Kudos darling.

  • Gege Joe
    Posted October 2, 2020 1:08 am 0Likes

    Beautifully written ma’am

  • Owahdamsel
    Posted October 2, 2020 8:10 am 0Likes

    A very apt and timely piece, and I hope that concerned body of government will yield to this clarion call on them to do that which is needful,the need for a sound mental health cannot be overemphasized.

  • Akinkunmi Mark
    Posted October 2, 2020 9:43 am 0Likes

    Very nice article dear. This is apt and a piece of advice for the betterment of our nation.

  • Okoye Favour
    Posted October 2, 2020 11:18 am 0Likes

    Great write up dear

  • Mr Manuel
    Posted October 2, 2020 1:59 pm 0Likes

    Nice write up on mental health awareness.

  • terencetashaku01@gmail.com
    Posted October 2, 2020 2:49 pm 0Likes

    I love this piece. It is straight to the point. I believe people would survive should they adhere to the measures you raised.

  • Adegbenro John
    Posted October 2, 2020 2:50 pm 0Likes

    Very beautiful write up 🔥… 👍🏽

  • Afilaka
    Posted October 2, 2020 4:15 pm 0Likes

    A splendid essay. Reveals the lags of the Nigerian govt and the need that a high level of significance should be placed on the mental health of citizens.

  • Blaire
    Posted October 2, 2020 5:38 pm 0Likes

    This is a great writeup. Well said!

  • Dayviiid
    Posted October 2, 2020 7:27 pm 0Likes

    I really admire how you’ve addressed such a complex situation plaguing our society. The importance of mental health cannot be overemphasized. This work is sublime and couldn’t have come at a better time… Bravo!

  • Peace21
    Posted October 2, 2020 9:23 pm 0Likes

    This is amazing work!
    So relevant for this nation. Thrilled.

  • Mrten
    Posted October 2, 2020 9:37 pm 0Likes

    Nice write up.. If only much importance is given to mental health, I believe the bad behaviors will be averted especially amongst the youth.

  • princeocheme
    Posted October 2, 2020 10:57 pm 0Likes

    Well articulated. The pandemic have caused many to become mentally depressed as such there’s urgent need to give attention to the mental health care through adequate funding.

  • Rose
    Posted October 2, 2020 11:50 pm 0Likes

    This is a wonderful write-up, well captured.

  • Victor
    Posted October 3, 2020 7:54 am 0Likes

    Beautifully done… I believe that for a country or better still this country to develop to an extent, is fully based on the implementation of mental health policies….

  • kelvin James
    Posted October 3, 2020 9:22 am 0Likes

    Good article.
    We must never forget that adequate Mental Health Care will also play a key role in surviving the pandemic.

  • christyokwu
    Posted October 3, 2020 9:47 am 0Likes

    Beautiful work well done …

  • precie2010
    Posted October 3, 2020 12:39 pm 0Likes

    This piece is quite enlightening. Great job

  • P. unique
    Posted October 3, 2020 3:22 pm 0Likes

    Beautiful piece dear💖

  • onda kenneth
    Posted October 3, 2020 3:42 pm 0Likes

    Well said ..keep it up…

  • jerryjin
    Posted October 3, 2020 3:45 pm 0Likes

    Inspiring write up. Well written. Nigerian government should take note of the need considered the mental health of its people.

  • ukuladoosuur20@gmail.com
    Posted October 4, 2020 4:30 am 0Likes

    Nice writeup

  • Hadeezah
    Posted October 4, 2020 1:37 pm 0Likes

    Quintessential work.
    The Nigerian Government should take Proactive measures to handle the situation.

  • Odeh
    Posted October 5, 2020 8:59 am 0Likes

    This is an awakening write up. It’s time for our law makers and every connected sector/personalities to recognize that mental health is also part of the health sector, and should further ways to improve the effectives of mental health, because it concerns everyone human, more eyes should be on it, not forgetting that if it’s not looked into things can go wrong.

  • Nixon Louisa
    Posted October 6, 2020 9:08 am 0Likes

    Apt and well written.

  • licialikee
    Posted October 7, 2020 3:13 pm 0Likes

    This a write-up that needs to be published for all individuals to read especially in this period.well written piece

  • Tosan
    Posted October 7, 2020 9:31 pm 0Likes

    Nice write-up ❤️

  • Ashimom D
    Posted October 9, 2020 1:13 pm 0Likes

    Well culled and explicit… I applaud this this intelligent piece!

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