Stakeholders suggested ways to intensify the conversation about the critical role mental well-being plays in the well-being of adolescents and young adults in Nigeria.
In an upcoming webinar to announce the fourth edition of the OlSA Foundation’s Annual Mental Wellness Conference, titled “Adolescent Mental Wellness and Resilience in an Unequal World,” Mr. Lanre Olushola, Behavioral Psychologist and life coach, will lead a team of other speakers in conversing and drawing attention to the growing issues and challenges of youth and young adult mental health in Nigeria.
Planned to commemorate World Mental Health Day, celebrated around the world on October 10, this year’s edition of the conference will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, as well as on the Zoom video conferencing platform at 9 a.m.
Speaking to the media recently on the plans for the conference, OISA Foundation President Ms. Olapeju Sofowora noted that while the dual purpose of educating parents and caregivers about the mental pressures and challenges facing their children faced in today’s society and to provide practical guidelines for meeting these challenges were obtained: “The success of the previous three editions of the conference, much remains to be done to help school administrators, parents, caregivers and children to develop a better understanding of mental issues that influence young people and highlight mental health services and treatment options available.
Sofowora also noted that this year’s conference will examine, among other areas of interest: a general overview of adolescent mental health issues, cultural issues in adolescent education; and real world challenges facing adolescents.
“The need for standardized protocols to identify, assess, manage and monitor adolescent mental health issues in high schools. Development of mental wellness protocols for schools to adopt and implement.
The conference, she noted, is free to all attendees, but registration will be required. Registration can be done on the OISA Foundation website: http: //www.oisafoundation.