Mental health is a common issue, and it somehow remains one easily ignored simply because it does not come with physical pain or discomfort.
Yet, the fact remains that any factors negatively affecting our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing must be seen as one directly impacting our mental health.
These problems affect how we think, feel, and act. The state of our mental health also helps determine everything about us, from how we go about our simple daily activities to the life decisions we make.
When people experience mental health problems, their mood, behaviour, and life could be affected. This is why it is important to pay serious attention to your mental health at all times.
In Africa, for instance, people shy from talking about their mental health issues because it is likened to being a mad person. While people fail to seek help, the damage of the neglected mental health problems to our society continues to escalate.
According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria, with a population of over 200 million, is one of the epicentres of suicide in the world, with a suicide estimate of 17.3 per 100 000, which is higher than the global (10.5 per 100 000) and Africa (12.0 per 100 000) estimates.
Over the course of the next few weeks, we will share stories about the mental health journeys of young Nigerians living in Lagos. Our aim is to let you know that we are all in this together.