As part of activities to create awareness and advocate for people living with mental disabilities in the society, the Lady Atinuke Oyindamola Memorial Home, Badagry, Lagos, on Wednesday kicked started activities to mark its awareness week.
The event, which will round off on Sunday, November 13, will afford the Home the opportunity to focus its efforts more on advocacy, fundraising, and celebrating the uniqueness of people living with mental challenges.
Speaking during a press briefing to announce the commencement of activities for the week, the Founder, Lady Atinuke Oyindamola Memorial Home, Mrs. Elsie Akerele, said the theme for the event is, ‘I Can’, noting that the weeklong event will provide and create the requisite awareness about mental disability generally and in the Nigerian society in particular. Akerele noted further that the thrust of the awareness will be on early intervention programme which helps to ameliorate the deplorable plight of people with mental illness.
Series of activities have been mapped out for this awareness event, which also marks the 9th year of existence of the home. These include taking members of the Home out for recreational visits, seminars, charity walk and fundraising drive.