Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Samuel Ogbuku, says that the commission will continue to support efforts to create awareness on mental health challenges and help in tackling them.
Speaking during the 13th Edition of the Eveafrique Redball, with special focus on mental health awareness and management, in Port Harcourt, Ogbuku lamented that mental health challenges were often compounded by the myths and stigma attached to them.
Ogbuku, who was given the “Heart of Gold Award” for his contributions to spreading awareness in mental health management and other health issues in the Niger Delta region, noted that mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
Ogbuku, who was represented by the commission’s Director, Health and Social Services, Dr George Uzonwanne, said, “Stress is part of life and will always be part of life, but how we react to it determines how well our mental health will be.”
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Speaking at the occasion, a Consultant Psychiatrist at Elpida Rehabilitation Centre, Port Harcourt, Dr Ayodeji Oluwaseun, observed that developing a greater understanding of mental illness could allow people to recognise those in their lives who may be dealing with anxiety, depression, or other conditions that affect their mental well-being.
The convener Eve Afrique Red Ball, Mrs Ivy Davies Etokakpan, emphasised the importance of celebrating “remarkable individuals who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the growth and development of the Niger Delta region and its people.”