Where To Get Mental Health Help In Nigeria

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Where To Get Mental Health Help In Nigeria

Seeking help is often the first step towards getting and staying well, but it can be hard to know how to start or where to turn to. It’s common to feel unsure, and to wonder whether you should try to handle things on your own. But it’s always ok to ask for help – even if you’re not sure you are experiencing a specific mental health problem.

You might want to seek help if you’re:

  • worrying more than usual
  • finding it hard to enjoy your life
  • having thoughts and feelings that are difficult to cope with, which have an impact on your day-to-day life
  • interested to find more support or treatment.

With Truthshare you can find access to qualified and professional counsellors

The Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, also known as Yaba Psychiatric Hospital or Yaba Left is a Nigerian  Federal psychiatric hospital in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos. Yaba Psychiatric Hospital was established in Lagos in 1907 as Yaba Asylum. Mental health care was provided by medical officers before the emergence of mental health professionals; psychiatrists and psychologists in custodial interventions. Over the years, this hospital has witnessed four developmental stages. The first stage, (1907 1950) was purely asylum state. The function of the hospital was custodial i.e. keeping the mentally ill away from the society.  The second stage (1951 71) witnessed the arrival of qualified psychiatrists, nurses and pharmacist. There was an outpatient department and it also marked the beginning of Occupational Therapy in the hospital. The third stage saw the introduction of qualified psychiatrist. At this time, although buildings were still substandard, treatment then was the best and the name changed from mental hospital to Psychiatric Hospital, and finally the fourth stage marked the coming of the first female psychiatrist in Nigeria as the medical director of the hospital.

  • The Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Kaduna

The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) was established in 1995 along with four (4) other new Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospitals in accordance with the National Mental Health Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Over the years this hospital has witnessed remarkable transformation that has since elevated FNPH, one of which is the accreditations by the West African College of Physicians and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 2001.

Under the leadership of Dr T.L Sheikh as Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Barnawa Kaduna has been transformed into an internationally renowned institution in quality service delivery, training of mental health professionals and, research in mental health and related fields.

  • Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar

Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar is located at 123, Calabar Road, Cross river. It is a national and regional mental health resource centre known as one of the apex centre for Psychiatry in Nigeria before. This more than 104 years old Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar, Cross River State is in serious need of facilities to run as a fully fledged Psychiatric hospital according to The Director, Internal Audit of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Mr. Ibrahim Dauda, in December 2017. Though the hospital unarguably claim to be the oldest Psychiatric Hospital in Nigeria, established in 1903, but I think it needs serious modernization to meet up with WHO recommended standard.

Tranquil and Quest is a private psychiatric hospital and drug addiction rehabilitation centre in the heart of Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. This hospital pride themselves as a mental health facility in providing premium and innovative  behavioral health  services to individuals, families and organizations. They offer psychiatric evaluations, medication protocols, substance abuse treatments, individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy. They seems to be the best private psychiatric hospital in Nigeria. They provide adult psychiatric services, child and adolescent programs, substance abuse treatments programs, elder care assisted living program and employee assistance program.

In 1964, the old Iyekuselu Districk Council Maternity/Dispensary located in Uselu was acquired by the Mid-Western regional government and the Psychiatric Unit was moved in and named Nervous Disease Clinic, Uselu.The Nervous Disease Clinic started with the acquired three dilapidated buildings giving accommodation to eight (8) in-patients and rendering out-patients services for both psychiatric and physical ailments. In 1975 this neuro-psychiatric hospital was finally established. This has come to be a hospital for mental medical issues and the mentally challenged. It is a national and regional mental health resource centre known as one of the apex centre for Psychiatry in Nigeria. It offers such medical services like Occupational Therapy, Drug Addiction Treatment, Adolescent Mental Health, Physiotherapy, Forensic Psychiatry, Electroencephalography (EEG), Radio-Diagnostics, in addition to its School of Psychiatric Nursing, Clinical Nursing, and Psychiatry Residency Training.

Synapse Services has provided well over Eight years of high quality specialist mental health care services in Nigeria. It is the largest provider of private mental health care services in West Africa with a combined bed over 110 bed spaces. It is an outcome driven service. They provide exceptional care for people of all ages. They also provide support to those with emotional and psychiatric issue and addiction to substances.

Their facilities are equipped with rTMS machine, a modern medical equipments that are used for the treatment of addiction and other mental and psychological illnesses. They have modern gymnasium, music school, computer training center, life and business coach, games, opportunities for voluntary work, book club, support by their professional teams based abroad.

  • Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Sokoto

Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Kware is a Specialised Service Hospital located at Kware, Sokoto. in Kware local government area of Sokoto State.

  • Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri

The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to cover the North East Zone comprising of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe for the treatment and prevention of mental disorders (including) drug abuse and rehabilitation of the mentally ill persons. Its mandate also include research and training in the field of Mental Health and Neuroscience.

  • Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Enugu

Federal NeuroPsychiatric Hospital is an Enugu based Federal neuro phychiatric hospital. It offers medical care to the mentally challenged within Enugu and it’s environs. Though this hospital has been plagued with series of industrial action from its members based on managerial issues but it made the bottom of the list of devoted psychiatric hospitals in Nigeria.