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By Kenson McCloud
Against a backdrop of mental health crisis among young people, about 35 youths had the opportunity to get trained in mental health management in Lilongwe district on Monday.
The participants have described the workshop, which was organized by the Umodzi Medical Rehabilitation Centre, as a huge milestone towards addressing mental health issues among youths in the country.
Speaking to Timveni, one of the attendees, Nakali Masumbu said the training has enlightened her on the importance of youths’ mental wellbeing.
"Despite facing numerous forms of abuse, most youths are struggling with mental health issues that affect our productivity in society," said Masumbu.
She further encouraged fellow youths to take advantage of such trainings in order to help the country address mental health crisis.
In his remarks, occupational therapist Patience Chimwaza said the workshop received overwhelming support and provided youths a platform to express themselves.
"The training exposed how deep rooted mental health problem is in the country among young people," said Chimwaza.
He also disclosed plans to reach out to more less privileged people who are equally affected by mental health.