According to World Health Organisation (WHO), “mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

By definition, mental health is an integral part of being alive!

In Nigeria for instance, one in four persons experiences mental health issues (WHO), which translates to about 50 million people yearly.

Our mental health- especially in seasons like this– strongly impacts our daily living, because it is a key factor in our psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing.

A paper from the Committee on Ethical Issues of the European Psychiatric Association sums it this way: “Mental health is a dynamic state of internal equilibrium which enables individuals to use their abilities in harmony with universal values of society. Basic cognitive and social skills; ability to recognize, express and modulate one’s own emotions, as well as empathize with others; flexibility and ability to cope with adverse life events and function in social roles; and harmonious relationship between body and mind represent important components of mental health which contribute, to varying degrees, to the state of internal equilibrium.”

Because a lot of dynamics have affected what we knew to be normal; it is extremely important, now more than ever, to have, sustain and enjoy mental health- because in turn; it can boost our levels of productivity (while enjoying wellness), which can then be translated into the new normal we are creating for ourselves.

Creatives like poets and musicians have been known over the years to birth sounds that are heavenly, calm, and reflective- there’s actually a concept Expressive therapy that we can all read up on…

Considering that the world is filled with so much noise and voices that are not tuned to the right frequencies (which can become overwhelming and disempowering); we would like to collectively lend a voice in changing that!

We want to create an atmosphere for positive messaging where our poets and musicians can use their gifts to gift the world sounds that are uplifting and empowering.

Covid-19 is real and we do not deny that, however, we must not allow it to define us- we must not allow people’s opinions, and or interpretations of things to detect our wellbeing- OUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS and we must choose to protect it!!!

Welcome to Plateau State Mental Health Challenge-

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