Integration of mental healthcare into primary healthcare in Lagos, Nigeria: the way forward

Submitted: 15 April 2014
Accepted: 7 November 2014
Published: 12 October 2015
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The Lagos State Ministry of Health recently launched its Mental Health Policy aimed at addressing the mental health needs the residents of the State. The policy also aimed at reducing the mental disorders treatment gap in the state by integrating mental healthcare into the primary healthcare in order to make mental healthcare services closer and accessible for residents of the State. This paper therefore critically reviews the rationale for the integration, magnitude of problems in Lagos State with regards to mental healthcare services, available resources, challenges in providing mental healthcare services, recommendations for successful integration, the necessary advocacy needed to implement the integration and benefits of the integration.

Ayodele O. Coker, Department of Behavioural Medicine, Lagos State University, College of Medicine, Ikeja

Senior Lecturer/Consultant Psychiatrist

Behavioural Medicine

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Coker, A. O., Olugbile, O. B., & Oluwatayo, O. (2015). Integration of mental healthcare into primary healthcare in Lagos, Nigeria: the way forward. Healthcare in Low-Resource Settings, 3(2).


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