SURPIN Conducts a Mental Health Awareness Campaign at University of Lagos

On the 5th of July, 2017 the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (SURPIN) in collaboration with the department of student affairs, University of Lagos and Pinnacle medical centre, held a campus mental health awareness campaign.

The activity followed series of meetings involving the student, faculty and hall leaders, Mrs. Aregbesola the school counselor, chaired by Prof. Ademola Adeleke, the dean of student affairs, DSA, who were all very supportive and passionate about it, especially the worrisome issue of suicide after an incident involving students.

The day was embedded in their hall week activities. T shirts were given out to the students and other staff participating.

The rain had threatened to affect the activities but everyone braved the rain and made sure it was a success. It was flagged off the DSA, and took off from his office through various departments and halls including engineering, Makama, Jaja, Fagunwa, Moremi halls, etc. It was a lively affair with music from a mobile dj, while fliers were shared along the way. SURPIN was ably represented by Dr. Raphael Ogbolu (coordinator SURPIN), Dr. Oladipo Adepoju (consultant psychiatrist LUTH), Miss Titi Tade (Medical social worker), and Mrs. Busola Olumuyiwa (clinical psychologist).

At each hall or faculty stop a few words were said on depression, suicide and drug abuse, in turns by members of SURPIN and Pinnacle medical services ably led by Dr. Maymunah Kadiri. Prior to this SURPIN representatives, Drs. Ogbolu and Adepoju, and Dr. Kadiri, had featured on the UNILAG radio to talk about depression and suicide as part of public mental health education.