The Mind Management Foundation (MMF) has taken a proactive step towards addressing mental health issues within the Nigerian personnel of the Lagos Police Command. As part of their World Mental Health Day initiatives, MMF has launched a comprehensive mental health awareness training programme.
“It is a day to talk about mental health and show everyone that mental health matters. It’s also a day to let people know that it’s okay to ask for help, no matter what you’re going through. As a good corporate citizen and a responsible stakeholder in nation-building, the activities of the Mind Management Foundation are aimed at assisting the government in tackling this societal menace, which necessitated this mental health awareness training for members of the Nigerian Police Force.”
During a press briefing held at the Police Officers’ Mess in Ikeja, the Director of MMF, Barrister Arinze Emmanuels, outlined their ambitious plan. The organisation intends to embark on a nationwide road tour, aiming to extend this vital awareness campaign to reach a staggering 200,000 policemen and women across the country. Emmanuels emphasised that their vision is to conduct extensive training and awareness drives in every barrack nationwide, creating a positive impact not only on the officers themselves but also on their families and friends.
In addition to the training programme, MMF is calling on both government bodies and corporate entities to join in their efforts to combat this pressing societal issue. Emmanuels further revealed that the foundation has plans to establish counselling and mental health correctional centres in every police barrack and office across all 36 states of Nigeria, starting with the commands in Lagos State.
This comprehensive approach by MMF signifies a significant stride towards fostering mental well-being within the Nigerian police force and sets a commendable precedent for addressing mental health on a broader societal scale.