Airtel Partners She Writes Woman On Mental Health Advocacy
Leading telecom operator, Airtel Nigeria, through its partnership with She Writes Woman, a Non-Profit Organization, has pledged support for mental health advocacy, while plans are underway to rehabilitate a Mental Health Facility in Lagos.
In the fourth episode of the on-going Airtel Touching Lives (ATL) Season 4, Airtel met with the leadership of She Writes Woman to discuss how the company will support the NGO in providing solutions for a variety of mental health challenges plaguing many Nigerians.
Founder, She Writes Woman, Hauwa Ojedo, said she is excited about Airtel’s support, saying that she is determined to offer succor and comfort to more mental health patients, especially women.
“I find this initiative very purposeful, with my story and journey with mental illness; I wouldn’t want to see other women go through mental health illness in silence. She Writes Woman is a movement of love, hope and support”.
Oyindamola Fakeye, a mental health patient, said through the She Writes Woman initiative, she has triumphed over depression and other bout of mental health problems.
“Losing my mum at about 9 years was really devastating. It was even worse because I couldn’t express myself and I didn’t even know how to. So, I bottled up these feelings inside, and soon these feelings began manifesting themselves through anxiety and depression.
“Coming for a group support session at She Writes Woman helped me figure out what triggered the feelings, took me on a journey towards healing and now I am here,” she recounted
Dr Fisayo Momodu, a Psychiatrist and a member of the She Writes Woman initiative, provided insight on the methodology the NGO adopts in assisting persons with mental health issues.
“We have a help-line where people call in; and when they do, we run a quick assessment test, after which we fix a meeting time where honest conversations are made and the journey to healing begins,” she said.
Speaking on Airtel’s support to rehabilitate a facility for She Writes Woman, its founder, Ojedo, broke down in tears, saying she had no words to express her heartfelt appreciation for Airtel’s intervention and support.
The next episode of the Airtel Touching Lives television programme would be shown on Africa Magic Urban from 6:30 – 7:00pm; on Arewa 24 TV from 7:00 – 7:30pm and on Africa Magic Family from 8:00 – 8:30pm all on Sunday, 7thJuly 2018.
Through the Touching Lives revolutionary CSR programme, Airtel has been promoting the spirit of giving, self-sacrifice and love among Nigerians.