The Association for Counselling, Matching and Psychotherapy of Nigeria (ACMPN) says many Nigerians face mental difficulties without seeking help.
Dr Tolulope Oko-Igaire, president of the association, said so in Lagos during a briefing on the occasion of International Mental Health Awareness Week.
She said the week was aimed at sensitizing Nigerians on the need to be more concerned about their mental health.
The association also embarked on an awareness walk which started from Lekki Central Mosque in Lagos to raise awareness about mental health.
Oko-Igaire however disclosed that the association declared free counseling that would last for a year to sensitize Nigerians on the importance of mental health.
The association also urged Nigerians to make a habit of regularly consulting therapists, mental health counselors, among others to adopt a healthy lifestyle, avoid loneliness and other mental health issues.
According to Oko-Igaire, the association is non-governmental and non-profit with members who are passionate professionals dedicated to helping humanity.
She explained that contrary to the belief that therapy is only for people who are weak and have low self-esteem, there is no category of people who are isolated from mental health.
“It is a misconception to think that people who go to therapy have low self-esteem or are weak. On the contrary, only volunteers admit they have problems, because it takes strength to admit that the ‘we have a problem,’ she added.