Celebrating World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2023

Oluwaferanmi is a medical doctor and public health physician. He is an early career researcher and mental health advocate. He works to provide mental health support and awareness to marginalized communities. 

He serves as vice president of the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) and is also a member of the Global Mental Health Action Network (GMHAN). 

Oluwaferanmi is experienced in community building, health education, outreach organization, and conference planning. He has served on high-level panel sessions at various international conferences advocating for youth mental health. 

He also has interests in infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases. He helped co-found The Panacea Project which was geared towards addressing hunger (SGD 2), education (SDG 4), and climate action (SDG 13). Over the past seven (7) years, his work has impacted over 15,000 people. He is always excited to collaborate with young change-makers both locally and globally.

This story took place in Nigeria

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We have come a long way in mental health care, and it’s exciting to celebrate with the entire world on this special day this year. Finally, the world is viewing mental health as the universal human right as it ought to be.

Over the years, great strides have been made in learning about and championing mental health, from awareness to education to legislation. It is beautiful to see how global health entities have incorporated mental health as a core component of their mission. It is also important to give credit where it is due; in this vein, it is pertinent to recognize the work of institutions that have fought so hard for the inclusion and widespread acceptance of mental health care, such as the Born This Way Foundation. Individuals who have fought and advocated for mental health efforts, such as the Born This Way Foundation Board Advisor Members, should be applauded for their selfless and courageous efforts in the face of significant challenges and opposition.

While celebrating our many wins, it is of utmost importance to note that there is still a lot of work to be done; in some countries more than others. Progress is being made, and mental health advocates are firing on all cylinders to establish a positive global culture where talking about our struggles and supporting others in their journeys is accepted. From supportive legislation to research and high-level discussions being made, the future is so bright!

I would like to encourage everyone to be a proponent of kindness. Every little act of kindness is a step forward in promoting progress in mental healthcare. Be there for anyone around you who needs help, encourage them to seek help, and link them to available resources in your location.

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