Nigerian Journalist Launches Website to Solve Mental Health Challenges
By Abbas Badmus
Tony Ademiluyi, a freelance journalist based in Lagos, has developed a website called africavoiceshq.com to address mental health difficulties and stigmatization encountered by those affected in Nigeria.
Ademiluyi, in a chat with TechDigest, said he built the website out of his concern for the plight of mentally challenged persons within my immediate neighbourhood.
He explained that the website gives mentally challenged persons the opportunity to share their stories in order to gain understanding and proper assistance from other Nigerians.
“I launched this initiative to drive the conversation to ending the stigmatization that the sufferers face in our harsh clime. I believe in a diverse and inclusive society which includes not being discriminated against on health grounds”.
“We curate human interest stories with permission from mentally challenged people though with pseudonyms to protect their identities as we record a major victory in getting them to talk freely to us and share their experiences.
“We believe that stigmatization can only end if the society hears from the mentally challenged and we are poised to giving them a loud voice to air their views without any fear”, Ademiluyi said.
Ademiluyi also told TechDigest that he would appreciate assistance from both local and foreign agencies to enable mentally ill persons achieve their academic goals.