The Founder, Nightingale Mental Health Foundation, Mrs. Olubukola Hassan, has said that psychological trauma in employees can be avoided if employers take steps to prepare them for job loss and other work-related stress.
According to her, the human resources departments in organisations must be trained on how to prepare the minds of workers and also on how to apply psychological first aid to retrenched employees.
Hassan, who said this recently during a programme organised by the NMHF to mark the World Mental Health Day in Lagos, urged Nigerians going through work-related stress to seek professional help.
She said, “The theme for this year, ‘Psychological First Aid for all’, is appropriate to the situation in our country because we are going through economic recession. A lot of people are going through psychological trauma especially work-related trauma. There are growing cases of job loss, unemployment, frustration and poverty.
“Affected Nigerians will need to seek support in terms of counselling from families, friends and also professionals. Seeking professional help for work-related trauma is new in this part of the world. It is easier to seek support in case of medical emergencies. There are available help tips for people going through psychological trauma. The human resources department in organisations should be trained properly in area of handling employees at this time of economic recession.’’
In his address, the Country Director, the United Nations , Ronald Kayanja, said it was important to make mental health care available to all.
Kayanja was represented by the UN Information Officer, Seyi Soremekun.
He said, “Our focus this year is on providing immediate support for those in psychological distress after a crisis.”