International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Full Length Research Paper

Mental health and the Nigerian workplace: Fallacies, facts and the way forward

Oyewunmi, Adebukola Esther*
  • Oyewunmi, Adebukola Esther*
  • Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ogun State, Nigeria.
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Oyewunmi, Olabode Adeleke
  • Oyewunmi, Olabode Adeleke
  • Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ogun State, Nigeria.
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Iyiola, Oluwole Oladele
  • Iyiola, Oluwole Oladele
  • Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ogun State, Nigeria.
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Ojo, Ayannike Yemisi
  • Ojo, Ayannike Yemisi
  • West African College of Nursing.
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  •  Received: 16 June 2015
  •  Accepted: 22 July 2015
  •  Published: 31 August 2015

Abstract

Unquestionably, mental health is fundamental to individual, organizational and national well-being. However, Nigeria’s mental health statistics are a cause for concern. This is further aggravated by a culture of indifference, denial and evasion. This paper advocates a cultural re-engineering. It espouses the need for Nigerian workplaces to recognize mental health as a realistic and legitimate concern, as well as display total commitment to the implementation of policies and practices that will ensure a supportive framework for employees. Families, religious/non-governmental organizations and the government, must also collaborate to promote mental health. Ignorant misconceptions, startling facts and necessary interventions are discussed.

Key words: Mental health, workplace, human resource, advocacy, misconceptions, Nigeria.