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Seek prompt help to prevent suicide, movie producer advises

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A new movie titled ‘ Little Drops of Happy’ , which aims at encouraging people to seek early help to prevent suicide , owing to depression and other health issues, hit the cinema recently , with major actors and actresses like Ngozi Nwosu, Mercy Aigbe, Osas Ajibade, featuring.

Speaking at the premiere of the movie , in Lagos, a consultant neuro psychiatrist and mental health advocate, Dr Maymunah Kadiri, lamented that depression was a generally neglected condition that could lead to serious outcomes if not managed early.

Noting that mental illnesses are real just like hypertension and diabetes, Kadri who also doubles as the producer of the movie , advised that people with such illness or challenges should be shown love, empathy and support as shown to those with cancer.

She explained that the movie was borne out of the increasing cases of depression and suicide in Nigeria , adding that the plot covers mainly issues of depression, especially postpartum depression, which she said was common among women, soon after giving birth.

The symptoms according to her included depressed mood or severe mood swings, excessive crying, difficulty bonding with baby and withdrawal from family and friends, adding that its major management included counseling therapy and medication

One of the cast, Ngozi Nwosu advised that “ people should begin to speak out their challenges and minds because a problem shared is a problem solved. Forget about being mocked or laughed at, your mental health is more important. Depression is real and it can lead to unpleasant outcomes.” .

On her part, Director of the movie, Grace Edwin- Okon, “ Nigerians used to believe that depression and suicide were problems of the white people. But recently cases in the country have shown that anyone can be affected.

“Also, postpartum depression which some women develop after giving birth is seen as witchcraft attack in most communities. The truth is that it is just a medical condition that can be treated, people just need to understand the symptoms and help women get through that stage,’’ she said.

Osas Ajibade, who played the lead actress, Mano Ojo , described the movie as one which touches on depression and related mental disorders.

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