By Chris Onuoha
A mental healthcare group, Jars Therapeutics has concluded plans to carry out a community healthcare outreach tagged; “Lagos Community Trauma-Care Initiative”.
The initiative holding on July 15, 2021 at The Sojourners, (The Genesis Hotel) in Ikeja GRA, Lagos, by the Jars Therapeutics, a division of Jars Group is to satisfy the need for affordable world-class mental health care and treatment in Lagos State using Trauma training and State of the Art wellness facilities called Aşakę Wellness Centers, in a manner that can readily sustain a steady growth, according to the organisers.
Speaking to Professor Akindotun Merino, President, Jars Education Group, ahead of the event, she said, “For over 15 years, Jars Education Group has been on the cutting edge of Mental Health services. Our mission at Jars Group is to provide purpose-focused solutions and therapeutic services that help people and companies achieve optimal performance, productivity and profit.
“We recently turned our focus to Nigeria and would like to introduce Jars Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Jars Group.
“Jars Therapeutics will focus on three components: Aşakę Centers, a one-of-a-kind healing and training space; Complementary & Alternative Medicine; and Digital Therapeutics,” Merino said.
Dr. Merino also noted that the Aşakę Center; a center for community mental health in Nigeria is the project’s response to the global human rights emergency Nigeria currently faces in mental health.
This, according to her, is underpinned by poor societal attitudes towards mental illness and inadequate resources, facilities, and mental health staff.
She disclosed that figures suggest that approximately 80% of individuals with serious mental health needs in Nigeria cannot access care.
“Aşakę Center’s short-term objective within the next six months is to treat the many trauma and mental health problems suffered by individuals in Nigeria. Its long-term objective is to permanently station our mental health experts to help clients manage trauma-related challenges, including emotional dysregulation, negative self-beliefs, and challenging relationships, using various techniques, including therapeutic groups, one-on-one sessions, family work, and meditation,” says Merino.
She said that the group anticipate opening these centers across the country starting with Lagos.
Speaking further, she noted that currently, Asake Center has access to the fastest growing list of Trauma Trained Specialists in the Africa, that the group’s programs and services are geared toward promoting overall mental health and wellness.
“Aşakę Centers are affordable care. No one will be turned away. We hope to secure funding to treat mental health patients at a subsidized rate by charging clients what they can afford without turning anyone away and anticipate offering professional service to residents, organizations and even visitors in the state,” remarked Merino.