Developing Mental Health Services in Nigeria : The Impact of a Community-Based Mental Health Awareness Programme

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2008 Jul;43(7):552-8. doi: 10.1007/s00127-008-0321-5. Epub 2008 Feb 20.

Abstract

This grass-roots level mental health awareness programme considerably increased use of community-based mental health services in a part of Nigeria where knowledge about treatability of mental illness was limited. The benefits of the programme were sustained for a significant period after the initial awareness programme. In order for attitude changes to be reinforced, similar awareness programmes must be repeated at regular intervals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Awareness*
  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Community Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Community Mental Health Services / supply & distribution
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Nigeria / epidemiology
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration
  • Prognosis
  • Program Development / methods*
  • Psychiatric Nursing / organization & administration
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
  • Reinforcement, Psychology
  • Seasons
  • Stereotyping