Kofoworola Belo-Osagie

 

THE Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), World Health Organisation (WHO), Ms. Helga Fogstad, will lead a panel to discuss the challenges of mental health among young adults in Nigeria at the third Olashore International School Mental Wellness Conference coming up on Saturday.

The conference, organised in commemoration of the World Mental Health Day, has as theme: “Mental Wellness: A central pillar of adolescent well-being.”

Speaking on the importance of the programme during a virtual press conference, the Chairperson, OISA Foundation, Mrs. Olapeju Sofowora, noted that parents, school administrators and others who work with young people needed help navigating their mental health issues.

“Though the twin objectives of creating awareness among parents and caregivers of the mental pressures and challenges faced by their children in today’s society and providing practical guidelines to tackling these challenges have been achieved by the success of the two previous editions of the conference, there remains a lot more to be done to help school administrators, parents, caregivers and children develop a better understanding of the mental issues that negatively influence young people and highlight the mental health services and treatment options that are available.”

Mrs. Sofowora also noted that this year’s virtual conference would focus on the critical role that mental wellness plays on the well-being of children aged 10 to 18.

She added that the speakers would examine an overview of adolescent mental health and cultural issues in adolescent upbringing and real-world challenges of dealing with adolescents; the need for standardised protocols to identify, evaluate, manage and monitor adolescent mental health issues in secondary schools; and development of mental wellness protocols for schools to adopt and implement.

She said registration for the free-to-attend conference could be done at the OISA Foundation’s website.

The Nation