Non-Mental Health Workers’ Attitudes and Perceptions Towards People with Mental Illness in a Tertiary Health Facility in Damaturu, North East Nigeria
American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2018, Pages: 46-50
Received: May 5, 2018;
Accepted: Jun. 5, 2018;
Published: Jul. 9, 2018
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Oderinde Kehinde Oyeyemi, Department of Mental Health and Substance Addiction Treatment, Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, Damaturu, Nigeria
Dada Mobolaji Usman, Department of Psychiatry, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria
Kundi Babagana Machina, Department of Psychiatry, Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, Nigeria
Tsuung Ason Benjamin, Department of Family Medicine, Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, Damaturu, Nigeria
Ahmed Hauwa Kudale, Department of Mental Health, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Dahiru Asmau Mohammed Chubado, Department of Mental Health, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Tanko Salihu Tanimu, Department of Family Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
Yusuff Alhaji Abdulkareem, Department of Family Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
Ezra-Oderinde Wonderful Efosa, Clinical Psychology Unit, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City, Nigeria
Awunor Nyemike Simeon, Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
Umar Mohammed Abubakar, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Health workers are not completely free from the myths, unfavourable beliefs and unpleasant attitudes towards people with mental illness. Most of these perceptions and attitudes towards mental illness are far from the scientific view and these may negatively affect treatment seeking and adherence. However, there is need for mental health education, advocacy and awareness among health workers in order to reduce stigma against mental illness and deepen their supportive roles in the delivery of mental health services.
Oderinde Kehinde Oyeyemi,
Dada Mobolaji Usman,
Kundi Babagana Machina,
Tsuung Ason Benjamin,
Ahmed Hauwa Kudale,
Dahiru Asmau Mohammed Chubado,
Tanko Salihu Tanimu,
Yusuff Alhaji Abdulkareem,
Ezra-Oderinde Wonderful Efosa,
Awunor Nyemike Simeon,
Umar Mohammed Abubakar,
Non-Mental Health Workers’ Attitudes and Perceptions Towards People with Mental Illness in a Tertiary Health Facility in Damaturu, North East Nigeria, American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
Vol. 6, No. 2,
2018, pp. 46-50.
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