Our Events and Activities

Mental health is in you. it is not a problem that needs to be constantly solved. It is a part of what makes us humans with emotions, thoughts and behaviours. This is why we carefully curate events and resources that keep you informed about your mental health, tips to nurture it and how to seek support when it is in distress.

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Our first Mental Health Symposium

We are excited to have hosted our Maiden Edition Mental health symposium on 26th November 2022, in collaboration with the OMYV-Network, supported by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Nigeria.

The event involved a series of interesting activities; watching a documentary on suicide and mental healthcare in Nigeria, panel discussions with diverse speakers including religious leaders, and a debate session on (biomedical or sociocultural models of treating mental illness).

We had the keynote speeches delivered by Ms. Juliana Anosike for the Country Representative of FES Nigeria And by Dr. Tunde Ojo, the National Mental Health Program Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Health.

You can download the full communique from the event by clicking here and also share it within your network.

Mental Wellness Workshop for Flexisaf Foundation Staff members

To commemorate International World Mental Health Day in October 2022, we facilitated a mental well-being workshop for the staff members of Flexisaf Foundation on building a healthy work-life balance and effective stress management skills in the workplace. 

You can contact us via email (admin@thesunshineseriesng.com) or WhatsApp (+2349096250384) to book a similar session for your team.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) Training for Gender-based Violence (GBV) Responders in Northwest Nigeria

Between September and October 2022, we facilitated a 5-day training in Sokoto, Kano and Kaduna states respectively for Neem Foundation on their “Prevent and Protect” project funded by the Ford Foundation.

This training equipped key stakeholders including healthcare workers, CSOs, Police, Civil defense officers, Traditional/Religious leaders, and other relevant stakeholders in MHPSS for survivors of GBV and their families. 

Psychosocial support skills training for ActionAid Nigeria

In August 2022, we conducted a 3-day training for ActionAid Nigeria and other 8 women-led NGOs working on ending violence against women and girls through Action Aid Nigeria WVL project.

The training was focused on strengthening their capacity on providing psychosocial support to survivors of violence against women and girls.

Do you know that 1 in 3 women in the world has experienced at least one form of violence against women and girls? It is that severe. And psychosocial support is a key service in ending this and building the resilience of affected persons and their families.

Do you need capacity strengthening to support the mental health work your organization is doing? Contact us to discuss ways we can support you by sending an Email (admin@thesunshineseriesng.com) or Call /Whatsapp (+234909 625 0384)

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Team building workshop for Green Habitat Initiative Staff Members

We had an exciting 2-day Team building workshop with the Green Habitat Initiative team in Sokoto, in collaboration with In-line Services and Kemis Selfcare Company. 

Our participants engaged in practical, interactive, and fun activities to learn assertive communication styles, team bonding, work-life balance, and goal setting.

To prioritize your employee well-being and boost organizational productivity, Contact us to book a wellness session for your team by sending an Email (admin@thesunshineseriesng.com) or Call /Whatsapp (+234909 625 0384)

Emotions Management workshop for team leaders at Jesuit Refugee Services

We facilitated an emotions management (anger management) session for the team leaders at Jesuit Refugee Service in Abuja, as part of the 2-day Developing constructive conflict skills for teams workshop with Insights training services.

It was important to discuss how anger as a normal emotion can be channeled constructively and managed using healthier coping mechanisms.

This is part of our inclusive practices ensuring that mental wellbeing is made a priority in all sectors, especially workplaces.

Are you interested in building constructive conflict management and team-building skills in your organization?  Contact us to start the process. 

Trauma-focused group therapy session for female journalists

On 8th June 2022, we facilitated a group therapy session for female journalists in Abuja who work on topics related to sexual and gender-based violence, terrorism, and conflicts, for Paged Initiative and Jela’s Development Initiative.

We explored secondary trauma, their experiences, and how to recognize and manage signs of trauma. It was quite an intense session and we ended with a nice meditation session to set an easy tone for the rest of the day.

As we continue to advocate for mental health in all spaces, it is important that frontline workers are not neglected.

During our June #speakout monthly Twitter space on the topic: Coping with negative news and events, we had diverse speakers, including journalists, sharing their experiences of being on the front line of conflicts. Alkassim Abdulkadir, a journalist and communications expert shared horrid experiences on the length they go to report news and how traumatic the process is for them. You can listen to the recording of the space here.

Mental health is a priority. Although not every individual will require expert support for their mental wellbeing, it is important to have the option readily available.

Psychosocial support for returnee students from Ukraine with NIDCOM

On 7th & 8th April, 2022, we partnered with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and other partners to offer therapy to students who have escaped the War in Ukraine and are battling with psychological distress due to the impact of the war/displacement they experienced and the disruption of their education.

This is a laudable intervention as trauma from an experience of war and displacement can have lasting negative impact on the overall wellbeing of affected persons. 

We are grateful to Hon. Abike Dabiri, CEO, NIDCOM for this opportunity to serve. We look forward to more public-private partnerships that make mental health more accessible for all.

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Students at the Trauma clinic organized to provide psychosocial support for Ukraine returnees
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In the picture: Aisha Gbadebo (Psychologist at The Sunshine Series), The Hon. Fed. Comm., NCFRMI, The CEO, NIDCOM and partners

Everyone deserves to know more about mental health.

Awareness event held for youth corpers in Abuja on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 2021.
At the Spread the spice exhibition in India for social change organizations held in October, 2021.

On 20th November, 2021, we embarked on an awareness walk to educate people on the importance of mental health. Our destination was Garki market, Abuja.

Our theme for the walk was ‘Good Mental Health for All; I am because You are’ with a focus on educating and sensitizing members of the public about good mental health.

We wanted to encourage people about speaking out on mental health and reducing the stigma associated with it. We are glad that we were able to accomplish this goal along with our volunteers for the walk.

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