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Lagos Govt Launch Free Mental Health Helpline

The Lagos State Government has launched a free mental health helpline tagged ‘The Lagos Lifeline’; a tele-Mental Health service that provides Lagos residents with access to psychosocial support, counselling & psychotherapy services.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi said the Lagos Lifeline is a Mental Health Crisis Management service is designed to bridge the gap in the availability of mental health service.

Abayomi noted that the objective of the Lagos Lifeline is geared towards providing improved access to simple diagnostic, counselling, and referral services for Lagosians, either as first point-of-call, or for follow-up care.

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The commissioner also disclosed that the State Government has conceptualized a Mental Health Institute with a capacity for 500 bed psychiatric hospital and 1000 bed rehabilitation Centre at Ketu Ejirin in furtherance of its efforts to improve access to mental health services.