The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with other stakeholders have called for speedy assent to the Mental and Psychosocial Health bill to address the increasing cases of mental health issues in the country.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr James Lalu who made the call at a Roundtable on Mental Health Conditions and Psychosocial Disabilities in Abuja said the Commission would partner groups and individuals to end the scourge.
According to the stakeholders, the issue of mental and Psychosocial health challenges is a condition that calls for concern from all stakeholders.
Persons with Disabilities are among the worst hit by the health condition which is the reason the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with a disability and mental health group, She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative organized the Roundtable to brainstorm on solutions to the issue.
Mr Lalu who decried the growing cases of the health issue and its impact on the development of the country, pledged to work closely with all stakeholders to fight the scourge especially as it affects persons with Disabilities.
On her part, the founder of the organization, She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative, Ms Hauwa Ojiefo explained that some state governments, institutions and individuals still indulged in stigmatization and other acts that violate the rights of those with Mental Health and other Disabilities.
For the National Coordinator, National Mental Health Programme Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Tunde Ojo observed that stigmatization, exclusion and lack of access to good healthcare are some of the major challenges faced by those with Mental Health issues.
Other participants who shared their experiences on the condition, were of the views that until there was a multi sectorial approach from all stakeholders, the issue would remain a mirage.
The theme of the Roundtable is Psychosocial Disabilities are Mental Health Rights Progress and opportunities.