Unity Bank has charged organisations and governments to pay greater attention to Employee Assistance Programmes to minimise depression, anxiety, excessive stress, worry and addictions in the workspace in order to impact positively on job performance, mental and physical health and emotional wellbeing of their workforce.

The bank, in a statement on its recent partnership with Chosen Vessels Empowerment Foundation (CVEF), explained that “the need to increase mental health awareness through a platform that is able to engender greater societal engagement and reach to relevant stakeholders in both public and private sectors informed the Bank’s commitment to promote seminar on Mental Health as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility”.

Mental Health consultants at the seminar focused discussions on pre-emptive actions that can be adopted to stem the rising cases of mental disorder. One of the facilitators; Chief Consultant Psychiatrist with Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Lagos, Dr. Olufumilayo Akinola, identified the ‘main common mental disorders’ as ‘depression, anxiety and substance abuse’.

“There are effective and affordable treatments for most emotional disorders. Appropriate treatment can help improve the quality of life for most people experiencing mental disorders and their families”, she advised.