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Majek Fashek "Mental health is important" - Says reggae legend

Fashek spoke at the 46th Annual General Conference and Scientific Meeting of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) in Lagos on Wednesday.

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Majek Fashek at the Felabration 2015 play

Majek Fashek at the Felabration 2015

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Popular reggae legend, Majek Fashek, says mental health is very important in the lives of people and a nation.

Read: Reggae legend makes 1st trip outside rehab

Majek Fashek and Femi Kuti performing at Felabration. play

Majek Fashek and Femi Kuti performing at Felabration.

 

Fashek spoke at the 46th Annual General Conference and Scientific Meeting of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria (APN) in Lagos on Wednesday.

Fashek said, "mental health is not a yardstick to look down upon people.

"There is need to create a system to manage or rehabilitate people who are not mentally balanced and as well create more awareness on mental health challenges and appropriate management.

"Government should look into how to rehabilitate mental health patients as most of them have great potentials and talents’’, Fashek said.

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Majek Fashek

 

Dr Richard Adebayo, the Acting Medical Director, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, said mental health Act was necessary in the country.

Adebayo, added that mental health was integral to the stability of any nation.

"Most of the burning issues confronting us as a nation, such as insecurity, economic crisis, just to mention a few, have grave mental health concerns.

"The health impact is often unquantifiable; and we know there is no health without mental health.

"Unfortunately, we don’t have a workable and realistic policy direction, no mental health Act to guide us and protect the rights of our patients.

"It is critical to deliberate on vital issues that will promote the very change we desire and enlighten our policy makers that mental health is very crucial in our collective drive towards the positive change’’, Adebayo said.

Area father, Charly Boy pictured with Reggae legend, Majek Fashek play

Area father, Charly Boy pictured with Reggae legend, Majek Fashek

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He added that lots of people were well dressed, "but mentally, they are not okay.

"Consequently, to kick-start our security system, economy and general life as a nation, good mental health is very crucial.

"It will also help practitioners to guide their practice, help our people to be rehabilitated and not to be abandoned’’, Adebayo said.

Prof. Joseph Adeyemi, President of APN, said the conference will draw experience from globalisation.

Theme of the conference is: "Mental Health as a Driver for Positive Change.’’

Area father, Charly Boy pictured with Reggae legend, Majek Fashek and friends, while visiting him at his rehab center play

Area father, Charly Boy pictured with Reggae legend, Majek Fashek and friends, while visiting him at his rehab center

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Read: Watch Majek Fashek's performance

The reggae singer who was institutionalised in June this year, is really on the rebound and even gave a rousing performance at this year's Felabration.

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