According to the World Health Organisation, if we don’t act urgently, mental health problems will be the leading illness globally by 2030.
Most Nigerians – especially the older generation – look at mental health issues as "white people problems" or worse, a spiritual attack; which makes necessary conversations about therapy basically a non-starter.
This was one of the reasons 24-year-old activist, Funmi Adeniyi-Taiwo, founded PsyndUp – an online directory for mental health professionals in Nigeria, where people seeking help can connect with a therapist of their choice.
The site aims to eliminate the stress associated with finding certified therapists. While the therapists registered on the site, at the moment, are primarily located in Lagos and Abuja, Funmi hopes to expand the service to other cities across Nigeria.
PsyndUp also has a community with over 250 members, where people can anonymously ask questions relating to mental health problems and get answers from other members of the community.
Speaking with Okay Africa about what inspired him to create this platform, Funmi continued:
"It occurred to me that maybe stigma might not be our only challenge with mental health in Nigeria, but also finding the right kind of help when you need it.
With that, I decided, unaware of the various challenges I would face, to help people access the available mental health care we have in Nigeria."
You can learn more about PsyndUp on their website.