JT Moore Foundation Advances Mental Health Awareness Campaign In Secondary Schools

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By; BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS, Abuja

The Jeffrey Tyrone Moore Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to mental health advocacy, has extended its outreach to secondary schools under the theme “Let Your Whisper Be Heard.”

The foundation, based in Abuja, organized its latest edition of the Mental Health Awareness Campaign on November 29, 2023, targeting students from Government Junior Secondary School Garki (GJSS), Area 10 Garki, Abuja, and their teachers.

Mary Moore, the Executive Director of the foundation, conveyed a crucial message to the students during the campaign. “We are here to let the students know that mental health is a universal human right, and they should speak out and not keep their challenges to themselves,” she emphasized. Moore underscored the significance of self-belief and the transformative power of positive affirmations.

Dr. Imaobong Edemaise, the resource person at the event, highlighted the World Health Organization’s definition of mental health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of diseases or infirmity.” She educated the students on various mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, substance disorder, developmental disorder, and eating disorder.

Dr. Edemaise also outlined factors affecting mental health, including biological elements, hormonal imbalances, environmental influences, inadequate healthcare, social factors, and financial stress. She urged students to be vigilant about early warning signs, such as anxiety, unhappiness, sleep difficulties, appetite changes, and feelings of isolation. Importantly, she encouraged students to seek help when needed.

The event featured Mental Health Ambassadorial nominations, with Miss Miracle Isaac of JSS2A and Master Dickson Kromlep of JSS3A emerging as “Young Mental Health Ambassadors.” These students demonstrated intelligence and knowledge about mental health during the event, earning them the title and the responsibility to serve as role models and advocates within the school.

Maxwel Omar Gabari, a board director, adorned the newly appointed ambassadors with their official attire. These ambassadors will play a crucial role in raising awareness and fostering a supportive environment for mental health within Government Junior Secondary School Garki.

The event also included the distribution of sanitary towels to girls, T-shirts to boys, writing materials, and a fun day with refreshments. Most importantly, counseling sessions were provided as part of the holistic approach to addressing mental health concerns among students.

The Jeffrey Tyrone Moore Foundation continues to make strides in promoting mental health awareness, emphasizing the universal right to mental well-being and encouraging proactive measures for a healthier future.

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