Category: Resources for parents

  • Mentally Healthy Conversations: Engaging Children

    Mentally Healthy Conversations: Engaging Children

    As vital as mental health is to wellbeing, lots of people still downplay the significance of promoting mental health. There is no aspect of our life and livelihood that is not directly or indirectly related to mental health. An individual’s mental health is highly dependent on his/her ability to make use of resources available towards […]

  • The African Child and the “Plague” of Silence

    The African Child and the “Plague” of Silence

    Every year, the 16th of June is set aside as “The Day of the African Child”. The theme for the year 2020, “Access to Child-Friendly Justice in Africa” is timely and appropriate. While we shouldn’t just pay lip service to the commemoration of the day, we need to begin to put our money where our […]

  • Mentally Healthy Memories

    Mentally Healthy Memories

    As we live and interact with others, we continually acquire knowledge about people. We also get to know more about who we are; our likes, our dislikes, our interests, what turns us “on” or “off”. As we visit places or get information about places and events, we tend to increase our knowledge and enhance our […]

  • Adolescent Suicide

    Adolescent Suicide

     The impact of suicide on the family and other significant others in the life of someone who successfully ends his/her life can be devastating. We keep hearing of adolescents who commit suicide or young adults who end their lives by themselves. I have emphasized in previous parts of this series the need for us to […]

  • Mothers killing babies: A Positive Mental Health Perspective

    Mothers killing babies: A Positive Mental Health Perspective

    Becoming a mother is expected to bring joy and fulfillment. The unusual act of Infanticide is the intentional killing of infants. It is a dastardly act which is more commonly carried out by women. Recently, the news of a 21-year-old lady in Enugu who allegedly (she has not been found guilty) killed her newborn child […]

  • School mental health guide for parents and teachers

    School mental health guide for parents and teachers

     The entire growth of a child or adolescent is not just the obvious physical growth and maturation. Holistic growth and development entail physical, mental and social development of an individual. The school environment must not just complement the efforts of the parents but provide a mechanism for proactively identifying children who need specific interventions towards […]

  • Anger in Children; Nature vs Nurture?

    Anger in Children; Nature vs Nurture?

    This article seeks to discuss the role of inherited and acquired traits (from life experience) in reinforcing anger with a focus on children.