Lagos Opens Mental Health Wellness Centre For Public Servants

 

Lagos State government has unveiled a state-of-the-art Employee Wellness Centre called ‘LASWELL Centre’ to address the mental health needs of its workforce for effective service delivery.

The Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who today unveiled the Centre located within the premises of Folarin Coker Staff Clinic inside the State Secretariat Complex, Alausa-Ikeja, stated that the LASWELL Centre has been structured to enhance the welfare of Lagos State Public Servants to function effectively and attain satisfactory standards of mental stability in the discharge of their duties.

Muri-Okunola explained that the Centre which will be open to only public servants has been scheduled to provide a wide range of social support services and interventions through a community-based, inter-disciplinary mobile treatment team comprising of case managers, peer support workers, psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, nurses and vocational specialists.

He added that the Centre will operate Call-In Services, whereby members of staff would have the opportunity to seek help through designated phone lines twice weekly at specified times.

“The Centre is therefore structured to enhance the welfare of Lagos State Public Servants to function effectively, with the help of professionals, as well as ensure that Officers attain satisfactory standards of mental stability as well as emotional/psychological well-being”, the Head of Service emphasised.

While commending the efforts of the State Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Youth and Social Development in establishing the centre, Muri-Okunola restated the commitment of the Sanwo-Olu led administration to the provision of social support infrastructure towards ensuring the emotional stability of Public Servants.

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In his words:

“It is my candid view that such commitment to the provision of social support infrastructure on the part of the State Government towards ensuring the emotional stability of Public Servants would go a long way, not only in boosting the overall well-being of members of staff individually, but also in enhancing the effectiveness and overall productivity of the State workforce”.

The Head of Service, therefore, urged members of staff to feel free to visit the centre when necessary, noting that mental health services are rendered by licensed professionals in various disciplines.

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