Medical expert advises women on mental health to avoid depression

Medical expert advises women on mental health to avoid depression

By Taiye Olayemi

A mental health expert, Mrs Olayiwola Adetutu, on Tuesday in Lagos urged women to be conscious of their mental health to guard against depression.
Adetutu made the call at the commemoration of the 2022 International Women’s Day, organised by the Society for Orphans Welfare (SOW) and Fortress Foundation in collaboration with Lagos Mainland Local Government Education Authority (LGEA).
The programme which was mainly to celebrate female teachers had the theme “Appreciating Female Teachers”.
Adetutu highlighted ways women generally should take care of their mental health.
She advised women to invest in their physical health and ensure they ate healthy.
Adetutu also harped on the essence of taking vacation from work to refresh oneself as well as engaging in exercises and in what could make one happy.
“It is important to safeguard our mental health. To do this we must engage in what makes us happy: work productively, constantly engage in exercise and take proper care of our physical body.

“Take vacations at least for three days or one week; self care is important as it ensures we maintain our mental health.
“Women must also engage a mental health therapist, counsellor or psychologist,” she said.
Adetutu who expressed displeasure at the increasing rate of moral decadence in the society also advised women to discourage indecent dressing among their children  and wards.
“Women should not allow their children to dress indecently; moral decadence in the current society is on the increase.
“Moral values and African cultures should be upheld in our homes.
“Also uphold the culture of genuflecting among children while greeting the elderly,” she said.
Ggenuflection is a common cultural practice among the Yoruba to accord respect to elders.


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