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The Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Programme (mhLAP) is a  capacity building program me for mental health leaders and advocates in the five English speaking West Africa states (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia). The project coordinating office is located at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan.

The programme is a partnership between the University of Ibadan and Australian Aid, through a grant managed by CBM Australia on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prof. Oye Gureje of the department of psychiatry, University of Ibadan is the initiator and project director.


Comments on our Training

‘It was a nice multicultural experience from different African countries and a means of networking. Thank you very much’

Roseline –A – Okoth, University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences, Kenya



‘The course was very interesting, informative, educative and very interactive. The application of group work after every lecture also facilitates practical applicability of all the lectures. I have learnt various multidimensional means of promoting, preventing and carrying out advocacy for many areas of mental health disorders. I congratulate the organizers for a great work’

Dr. A.O Coker

‘Exposure to mental health care perspectives from various countries has given me a well rounded perspective of mental health care in Africa’


Aneshrey Moodley,  Consultant psychiatrist, South Africa

‘I had a good experience both with the facilitators and co-participants. This is more in terms of the multidisciplinary approach to mental health issues. There was clear absence of over simplified assumptions for professional convenience (psychiatrists).’


Akpoju Ogbole Samuel, Programme Officer, Nigeria

‘Learning took place formally during the session and during the group work. Significant learning also took place during informal interaction out of session learning about the experiences in different country. I feel better equipped to function in the stakeholder council and also in my work as head of a faith based health need’


Walter Carew, Executive Director, (CHASL) Sierra Leone

The training was adequate because the content addressed my areas of need i.e. how to promote mental health in communities or schools etc.


Training curriculum was obviously carefully prepared and adequate to equip trainees with requisite information and skills for mental health advocacy. Lectures were usually given in interesting relaxed atmospheres with coordinators allowing for feedback in between sessions. The interactive sessions were very engaging and provided forums for discussions and simulation of practical real life scenarios. The excellence of the training and diversity of the trainees have fueled my passion for mental health advocacy. FOLAKE OGUNDELE-NIGERIA

The training was wonderful in every aspect. The sessions which included top quality of international speakers such as Rachel Jenkins and Harry Minas were highly fulfilling.  The didactic nature of the training was unique. The program could be described as "The more you think about it, the more you thirst for more of such".


This training was powerful, encouraging, It boosted my moral in tackling mental health issues, It has built my capacity to advocate in a proper way and It also taught me to think out of the box.


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