In Nigeria today, many people are going through various phases of depression and sometimes their circumstance is worsened simply because they feel like they have no one to talk to who would really understand their plight. A non-profit organization, Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI) is focused on raising awareness on mental health and illnesses as well as working to connect those in need with mental health professionals.
The organisation, which was officially launched on June 11, 2016, by a team of young doctors and concerned individuals led by Dr Victor Ugo, has released a short film titled Oga John to give hope to those facing a mental health challenge who may be suicidal. The film was produced in partnership with Up In The Sky.
We may have been Alero, played by Ade Laoye, or have met an Alero at some point in our lives. The film seeks to inspire us to be like Oga John, played by Joseph Imoikor, who was mentally aware, perceptive and was able to offer help to Alero without being too intrusive. Like they say, “all we need do is care.”
Watch the short film, Oga John and pass it on!
At Style Rave, we truly believe that the best way to look good is from the inside out and this includes taking care of your mental health and reaching out for help before it’s too late. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help. For our readers in Nigeria, you can reach out to MANI on 08091116264 if you need someone to talk to. For our readers in other parts of the world, please google a mental health care professional in your locality to get the help you may need.
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