Nigeria’s Nationwide Psychological Well being Invoice 2021: Challenges Forward?

Nigeria's National Mental Health Bill 2021: Challenges Ahead?

Though psychological well being issues are frequent in lots of African international locations, they not often obtain the eye they deserve. Stigma is a standard issue that makes sufferers reluctant to hunt psychological well being care in most African international locations. As consciousness about psychological well being elevated, some African international locations akin to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia started to enact legal guidelines and legal guidelines to guard the rights of people with psychological well being issues. In 1916, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, enacted its first psychological well being laws, known as the Lunacy Ordinance. This authorized framework was revised in 1958 below the title of the Lunacy Act to provide judges and medical professionals the facility to detain individuals affected by psychological sickness.


  • Ugochukwu O
  • Mbaezue N
  • Lawal SA
  • Azubogu C
  • Sheik TL
  • Vallire F
The time is now: to reform Nigeria’s outdated psychological well being legal guidelines.